Sunday, July 12, 2020
Weekly Sweats: Everything I Never Told You
I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
Last week I wrote that I took the weekend off from running "because I needed it". That was true, but not quite the complete story. As runners and human beings it's normal to be "tired" but last Friday afternoon I came down with a spell of fatigue and a headache out of nowhere that absolutely flattened me. I took a nap on Friday, and then napped most of the next day, and slept very deeply that night. By Sunday the headache cleared up and I was able to keep my eyes open again. I wasn't sure if it would be all zip-a-dee-doo-dah or if there was more to come, so I stayed home for all of this week just to be sure. Oh wait I stay home every week, but I mean in the sense that I didn't run any errands or go on any group runs.
End result: everything is fine and the world did not end because I wasn't out in it.
Now let's talk running!
Monday: well let me back it up, my fitness week actually started on Sunday night. I've started sneaking in my weight workouts the night before. That had me fresh on Monday morning for 3.25 miles outside. It was very hot but I was just glad to be out there and back in the game.
Tuesday: Uh just no on the heat, I took it to the treadmill for 4.5 miles. My treadmill game is a little weak right now. I've found that treadmill running keeps me conditioned for outside running but outside running doesn't translate as well to treadmill running. Back in February I could pound out 6 treadmill miles and think nothing of it but now I can't and that's fine. There's also the mental aspect that when I run outside my mind just runs, and when I'm in the basement my mind is watching TV and it's a jarring shift.
Thursday: 4.25 treadmill miles in the morning and weights at night.
Friday: 3.25 outside miles. I'd originally planned to do a treadmill run, so I took my sweet old time about getting started. When I was ready I realized that I'd left my airpods upstairs and didn't want to wake up my family by stomping up to get them. That left me with the choices of running on the treadmill with no audio - hard pass. The valid options were running outside in the heat now that it was so much hotter because I'd waited so long to start or skipping my run altogether. So it almost goes without saying that I did a mad rush to spray myself down with SPF100, popped a salt tab, and was out the door. And of course the heat didn't get to me and I had a fabulous little run.
Saturday: a very unexpected 6.25 miles in the rain! I assumed that I would be doing a shorter run because of the heat but the rain cooled everything off so I took advantage and racked up the miles. I'm happy to compromise for the weather/treadmill and make my runs shorter when needed but even happier when conditions are right and I don't have to. That was when I made the official call that since I hadn't gotten sick by then I wasn't going to and started venturing out into the world again. I told my running friends that I felt good about running with them again and the response was "good, because we're doing a trail run tomorrow".
Sunday: 4 mile group trail run and very happy to see my friends again.
A few days of cooler temps and at least one group run.
Posted by Birchwood Pie at 1:25 PM
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Sorry about the headache! Glad you're feeling better and nice work on a great week this week. Cheers!ReplyDelete
I'm glad that you are feeling better and that some extra rest seemed to solve the fatigue issue! Sometimes our bodies send us an SOS when they want us to slow down!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kim! This was a "spend the whole day in bed sleeping" SOS.Delete
Wow, glad you're all better! Could that have been a heat exhaustion thing? Now you have a taste of why I cannot spend much time with my Millie gal...the treadmill just feels so.much.harder on my body (not to mention the what it does to my mind LOL). How about I do your outdoor miles for you, and you can have all of my indoor ones ;-) (maybe we've talked about this arrangement before?) Anyways, glad you're feeling better ;-)ReplyDelete
Now that I'm reading everyone else's training this week, I wonder. I did a really hot run the Friday before, though it was pretty short. Yes, let's do a trade for the weather. I'll take the Iowa extreme chill in the winter when I'll be on the treadmill anyway, can you take a few degrees off my summers?Delete
Ooooh! So glad it wasn't the COVID! Or was it? Anyways, glad you're feeling back to yourself again. Stay safe!ReplyDelete
That's the problem, everything is a symptom of the COVID. Thankfully with WFH it's easy enough to stay home.Delete
Glad you are feeling better. I was very tired this week (more tired than usual) but I blame it on the heat. And age too. :-)ReplyDelete
Ugh it was so hot this week! I really do love summer for the 23 hours a day when I'm not running, it's just getting through that one hour.Delete
I am glad you are feeling better. I also had a few headaches this week that I chalked up to the heat. Have a good one and thanks for linkingReplyDelete
Glad you're feeling better and that it didn't linger. Smart to stay in. I feel you on the mental treadmill games. It' s harder than outdoor runningReplyDelete
For real, the only thing harder than running on a TM is not running at all.Delete
Glad you're feeling better! Sometimes a little extra rest and relaxation is just what we need.ReplyDelete
I did notice that when I did a run on my treadmill last week, which I haven't done in a really long time, it felt much harder than I thought it should have. I always forget about salt tabs, but I think I really could have used one on my long run last week. I was whipped afterwards (and during!).ReplyDelete
This is my first summer using them. I've noticed that I don't get dizzy when I take them so that's a huge plus.Delete
Haha, your Friday run, that could have been me.ReplyDelete
Full marks for getting the run done outdoors and spraying yourself with SPF 100 before you left. I don't think I would have remembered that.
I am missing your weekly eats!
Be careful what you wish for! I just posted two weeks' worth of food & movie ramblings.Delete
Glad you're feeling better! Nice week of runs for you. Aren't the mental gear shifts we need to make to go from road to treadmill running interesting?ReplyDelete
I know, it's just totally different. I think it threw me almost as much as the physical.Delete
Headaches are rough. I get hormonal migraines and they knock me right out.ReplyDelete
So glad you got that group run in. I bet it was amazing!
Oh no not migraines! I have not had one in a very long time, no idea what started mine or why they stopped but it's been many years. The difference between what I had and a migraine is that I was able to sleep with this. I just remember constant pain and nausea with migraines.Delete
Glad you are feeling better! Headaches are rough. If I had a treadmill I'd definitely be doing more indoor runs. That's why I lost one running day and upped my OTF classes...I just have no desire to run outside at the moment. It's crazy hot.ReplyDelete
Montana, you and Jenn have all of my respect running in FL. That's "real" heat.Delete
That's so great that you got to run longer in the rain than expected. Sometimes those runs in the rain just invigorate you like nothing else. Sorry you had a bout of illness but it seems to have passed nicely. Good for you for taking it easy during that time.ReplyDelete