I went to crossfit on Wednesday expecting a great crosstraining workout to get me ready for a training run on Thursday. I walk in and read the board-push press for strength and the WOD is 5k.
Now throughout my journey I've run many of 5ks since I've ran a marathon and several half marathons. And sometimes I quit running for one reason or another but a 5k is still a great distance. Never had I imagined I'd do a 5k as a workout and not something I trained for.
I'm not a fast runner. I'm consistent and want to be faster. I need to train to get faster. I started out feeling great-I hadn't had much breakfast (my own fault) and it was warm out even by 9am. The first mile was around 8:45 I believe. Good pace for me. I would have loved to keep that pace. For the 5k, we had to run the same block 6 times. Yes 6 times. I hate lap running. I'd rather have an out and back anytime over lap running. Around the 3rd or 4th lap I started to feel a cold sweat come on and feel clamy. I told my coach as I went by for the 5th lap and she said keep up your pace. I don't remember what the time she called out for that was.
As I came back around for my 6th and final lap, I was determined to finish no matter the time. I walked a little during those last two laps-hoping to feel a little better. The cold sweats never stopped. I finished though. With a time of 28:07. I'm happy with that time. I didn't train. I didn't eat well. I felt awful. I did it though. I'm strong and completed a 5k without warning on a Wednesday.
As I was driving home to quickly shower to meet friends for an afternoon out in the sun, I started to sneeze. Not 5 times, or 10 times. I quit counting after 15. I think it was near 25 times. Allergies got me. I think it was the run. We were running at 9:30a in the heat where pollen has been bad. I was stuffy and congested all day. You know, spending the day outdoors while already sneezing is a grand idea. (insert sarcasm here).
After I got home for dinner, I took another allergy decongestant and felt better instantly. Now I'm ensuring I never leave home without the allergy medicine and I won't hesitate to take a 2nd one if I'm feeling particularly miserable.