January 13, 2013

Hot Chocolate 15K

Yesterday was a rest day. I needed one after the full week of taxing workouts and knowing I’d be racing today.

Today’s WOD was a 15K race. 9.3 miles. I finished in 1:41:13. Right away, in the first two miles I wasn’t even sure I could make it the whole 9 miles. I told myself I would push to 5 miles and walk the rest of the way if I needed to. Thankfully I didn’t need to – I probably should have but I didn’t.

When I woke up my throat felt swollen and my stomach was “iffY”. As I got around I was feeling better so didn’t think too much of it. But, once I started running I felt worse and worse. Breathing was bad – like I couldn’t get air. I was feeling hot (but it was about 61 degrees and the roads were continuously crowded with runners), dizzy and sick to my stomach. I knew I needed water but every time I drank some it made me sick to my stomach. I finally skipped the final water station since it was so close to the finish. Surprisingly I finished the race with mostly running, but walking all the hills, and it wasn’t an atrocious pace for me. It wasn’t a great pace but considering how I felt I think my time was pretty good.

I’m still recovering. I slept for an hour after I got home and have stayed on the couch the rest of the day because standing up I kept getting dizzy. I’ve eaten some eggs, ham and a bagel hoping the extra carbs and protein would help me a little. It has but I don’t think I can eat much at all. I think I may be coming down with something, as my throat is back feeling swollen. Pushing myself that hard was probably not a great idea if I’m on the verge of getting sick. I am hoping that I’ll do my usual and get over it quickly.

The information I’ve read says if you are feeling sick from the neck down, don’t go run or workout. If you just have a head cold it is supposed to be fine to run or workout. It’s just hard to decide what to do when you feel a little bad but it seems to go away for the most part as you get ready. So, it is probably best to be safe rather than sorry. Hopefully I don’t end up sorry tomorrow for pushing myself today!

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