I'm one of the lucky people who got a place in the last FLM but managed to have chronic sinusitis which I mistook for panic attacks and therefore didn't get sorted until March (symptoms were movement of any kind such as walking up from the tube resulted in gagging and retching) So the result was a very unhappy runner who deferred the place thinking I would do it this year.
I've now had another bout of sinusitis which has been on and off since November - in November, I was very fit - had just been on a hard trekking holiday and felt ready for training. Now, I'm struggling to run 2 miles without gagging/ retching, am exhausted due to the lack of oxygen generally and don't feel as though I have anywhere near the fitness I had in November.
I'm seeing my GP and currently on antibiotics but suspect I will be pushing for a referral to ENT. And I'm also considering giving up the place for the marathon - which I don't want to, but realistically I'm not able to enjoy the running at the moment. I just want to know I'm not a complete failure for giving up on it twice - or if anyone has some amazing suggestions for curing this.
I adopted a GSD in Botswana who was a failed guard dog and about a year/eighteen months old. He had failed tests where they beat them up and another one where other dogs got set on them. He was also starving, but had a nice face. I took a risk on him but he turned out to be a gorgeous dog.
Be very clear and consistent in the messages you communicate, and make sure you are always the dominate one. Even if he was playing, he got told off for anything such as jumping up, play biting, etc - and that was day one.
Mine wasn't toilet trained but learned very fast so never was a big problem. He also took to sleeping in the house very well - although he rarely slept on the mattress but preferred the bottom of the stairs.
The biggest issue was he had been badly beaten so associated so had a big problem with black men coming towards him (this was in Africa) which we eventually solved thanks to some very patient friends, and a lot of food. The other issue is he would steal all food wrapping (plastic, tin etc) and sit with it around him outside - I tried putting chillis in the bin but never really overcame it.
I will say i spent about six months thinking about putting him down because it felt as though he was a bundle of nerves and wouldn't settle at all. Several people warned me he could suddenly flip and attack someone - although his usual response was to run away. Then he suddenly turned a corner and became a lovely dog.
Congratulations - am also in (but knew that) I've just taken a couple of weeks off running - am about to go hiking in Nepal for two weeks - figured will help and then getting back into the swing of things.
Good luck with the job hunt - but hope you can make it back