On the upside, I did locate a badly smashed, but operable iphone 3/4 through my run. I was able to see a message on the half of the screen that still functioned, and could make out a number to call. The guy who answered was overjoyed and told me didn't care about the smashed phone, that he had been out looking for it until 2am that night using a flashlight and GPS tracker trying to find it. He promised a cash reward, which he failed to bring up once we met up, so I tsk tsked and pointedly had to remind him of his promise. (JK, he did forget, but I would never have accepted had he remembered.) I'm just glad that my running has thus far, allowed me to be able to return to their rightful owners- two cell phones, a brand new motor scooter title, a wedding band (this one I can only hope, we turned it in to the police), and a driver's license. Any cash found (I think it's been close to $20 since I've moved back) is paid forward to whatever homeless person I see next.
Unfortunately, my shallow breathing has not responded to the medication I've been on for a month now (part of why my run was so painful and slow), so I've made two promises to myself-
- Clean up my diet. Eat cleaner, and less. The less weight I carry, perhaps the less out of breath I'll be? (So far, I'm down about 4 lbs in 4 weeks. So far, no improvement, but it can't hurt, right? Ms. Tubby put on 6 lbs this year anyway).
- No matter how slow, now matter how many stops...don't stop. Don't give up. (Well, unless I feel like death is near.) The 25-mile run from Waikoloa to Kona IS happening if I have to crawl it. I will not let down the donors and kids. (This is a partly selfish pursuit in that the kids are keeping motivated to take better care of myself. Because most days, I just want to lay down and not breath so hard.)
In a few hours I'm off to a long awaited pulmonologist (visiting from Oahu) appointment (I got lucky and 'only' waited a month since there was a cancellation). Here's hoping we get some clarity so I can run easier soon! (Remember, I'm not dying. Cancer and tumors are, I think, ruled out. This is just another mystery.) If I'm lucky, I'll get issue an oxygen tank....and HOLY SMOKES, I bet the donations will roll once I start dragging that around. ;-)