Monday, May 6, 2013

5k and allergies

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.

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