Getting Back Into It (Day 22)

8 Jun

Sheesh, I actually have been so out of it I had to count my days to figure out where I am!

After being told to treat what’s ailing me with OTC allergy meds – I cleared myself to run.

I thought getting ready to run in the winter is a PITA? Summer is just as big of a PITA.  Gotta get dressed, slather on half a bottle of sunscreen, wash my face of my makeup from the day so I can put sunscreen on my face, find my Camelbak, fill my camelbak…ayeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I’m sure I’ll get it down to a science, this just happens to be the sunniest, hottest, weekday run I’ve had yet this year.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand… I’m off.  Wow, my legs feel great! I was keeping a sub 10-minute mile pace for about the first half mile or so, when I started to climb.

Let me back up for a second… today I transferred the Mad Marathon  course onto Mapmyrun.  As pretty and fun as their course map is – I wanted a better idea of the elevation changes.  Don’t ask why I wanted to know, all it did was freak me out! Look at this craziness:

HOW MANY FEET OF GAIN!!!!
Did I sign up for a marathon or a mountain climbing expedition? I mean, I might as well be doing this: 
This was an actual mountain hike…
Okay I know, a tad dramatic (but I do see the similarities…hehehe)…I run hills, often, but the one time I tried something like that, I quit after 7 miles!  And it turns out that was only 576 feet of elevation gain…oh boy. Yes, I am officially
FREAKING OUT
Okay so back to my run – legs feel good, heart rate feels good, and I’m pushing myself to power up this hill and keep a somewhat decent pace, after all this hill is completely wimpy compared to them there Vermont mountains hills.  I found it strange that my throat and mouth were ridiculously dry.  I’m well hydrated – once I finish my morning coffee I drink nothing but water for the rest of the work day. So why am I SO DRY? It’s hot out, that could be it? No, no, I’m not even sweating yet, that can’t be it either. Oh, duh, I’ve got it – I’m taking a decongestant for these damn allergies! I wasn’t going to let it slow me down so I chugged along keeping a steadyish pace until I hit two miles.  I just couldn’t breathe. I finished out the next half mile a lot slower than I had started off, then I just quit running altogether.  
I’m not going to let it discourage me or get me down. I am learning what I can and cannot do as a runner.  Lesson learned today: decongestants and running don’t mix.  Gotcha, won’t do that again.
Lets see what tomorrow brings!
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One Response to “Getting Back Into It (Day 22)”

  1. Fruit Fly June 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Um…. no thanks! That hill is more than a hill!! I find I always sign up for a run just based on the fact that it has a medal or sounds cool. Then AFTER I've paid I see crazy elevation charts for the course that just terrorize me. … but I always survive. You will too!

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