Sunday, December 20, 2009

Runny and Running

I just read this post in its entirety... I apologize in advance for its negative, complainy tone.  It's the sinus infection/headache talking.  I don't like much of anything when I have a sinus infection.  So, please keep that in mind while reading it and expect a more positive post in the near future! :)

I Just Had to!

I know I said I wasn't going to do a trail run on Saturday.  But I did.  I just couldn't get myself motivated to do a street run.  So, I headed out to my favorite trail along Lake Hodges and made a point to keep my feet from doing the slipping thing I mentioned in my last post.  Which, by the way, I think was only happening in my new Saucony shoes (I sent those back to last week because they hurt my feet).

It's Not Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

I love being out in nature.  My only regret is that I didn't start out earlier. It was HOT yesterday!  It felt like early summer in San Diego County.  I know a few of you reading this had several inches of snow dumped on you this weekend.  Some of you probably wish it would feel like summer where you are.  Well, you can have it!  After my run --which turned into more of a nature walk-- I got into my car and noticed that the outside temperature was reading at 95 degrees.

That reading was higher than the real temperature because the van had been sitting on the hot asphalt while I ran/nature walked.  I'm pretty sure the real temperature was closer to 90 degrees... but you get the idea.  It was HOT!

The Heel Saga Continues

My heel has been feeling better since my cortisone shot on Friday.  But it still hurts. I'm getting frustrated and discouraged about this.  Usually, my heel & foot feel OK while I'm running... it's after the run when it really hurts.  I should probably be better about icing it after I run.

Back to my Run
My trail run didn't go as well as I had hoped. I had decided ahead of time to follow the Galloway model of run/walking at a ratio of 5:2 (five minutes running and then two minutes walking).  I am hoping that Galloway might help keep me injury-free during my longer runs.  This method worked well until about mile two.  My body was not happy with me for making it run in the heat... especially since it is still doing battle with this darned sinus infection.

I was having a hard time breathing.  I probably sounded like a wheezing old lady rushing to the liquor store for a pack of cigarettes. And since I've never mastered the fine art of blowing snot rockets, it wasn't pleasant.

After mile two, I threw in the towel and enjoyed a nature walk back to my car.  The temperature was much more tolerable when I wasn't trying to run.   There were lots of people out on the trail.  I enjoyed seeing dads biking with their kids, people walking dogs, and the occasional hot, sweaty runner.  

Tomorrow morning (early) I am hitting the streets again.  Since it is Christmas break I don't have to work.  I don't have to rush kids to school.  I won't have to deal with the traffic from other parents rushing their kids to school.  It should be nice.

Except for this sinus infection... if only I could learn how to blow those snot rockets!!


Michelle said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well! Hope you are on the mend soon!

Anne said...

I'm so sorry the cortisone shot is slow to relieve the pain in your heel. And, yes, this weekend did not put us in the Christmas mood, especially when our East Coast friends and relatives were sending pictures of two-foot snow piles on top of their decks and cars.

And, yes, I've been part of the SDTC since I moved to San Diego 8+ years ago. Great group; great program. Next time I host a run, you can be our guest!

MCM Mama said...

{{{HUGS}}} Hope you feel better soon!

Morgan said...

I hope you feel better and yes, ICE is key to recovery! Silly girl you know this!!! :)

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Aka Alice said...

I'm declaring this the end of whine week (did you see my whiny blog today? I actually started it on Saturday, didn't post it all weekend because I knew it was whiny beyond belief, but posted it this morning because I had nothing else to write about...GAH!)

At least it's cooler today! I'm gonna go find me some Xmas spirit at the mall :-)

shellyrm said...

I hope you are feeling better soon.

You had a nice day to be out in nature no matter what you were doing!

Irene said...

I just can't visualize you doing snot rockets!

Meg Runs said...

I see more than a few of us have had whiny blogs this week...which yours was the way! Sometimes runs just go that way...I had one on Sunday, ugh. It passes though!
Becareful of running with the sinus thing, my friend actually got dizzy and fell in RSF and hit her head one morning last winter. Take it easy!
One more thing, I saw that Anne mentioned SDTC runs and we work out at Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday nights with the SDTC North County. In January, they start training for Rock and Roll San Diego, come check it out at 5:30 p.m.