Today was supposed to be a rest day. But I know that my Thursday and Fridays I have planned them to be a bit interchangeable. Thursday runs are difficult because I am tired. It's the end of my work week. It's the end of a few days straight of some vigorous exercise. Fridays make more sense to run for that reason. Schedule wise it actually kind of makes more sense to run on Thursdays. However I planned Fridays based on the needs of my bodym thus allowing myself the wiggle room to push off Thursdays run to Friday if need be and it won't 'affect' my schedule. Yeah, if I'm scheduled to run Thursday and I don't do it, I know me. I'll be down on myself because 'I was scheduled and I didn't do it'. This way I have the wiggle room on the days that I knew would be most difficult for me. (Sundays is my long run day.....Saturdays are hit or miss so I made it on Sundays. If I get the log run in on Saturday, awesome. If not, and I do it on Sunday then I'm right on Schedule!) Yeah, it's a mind game...but that's all good.
So let me back up a bit before I go on with my 'supposed' rest day. A week or two ago my nephew came down sick. My other nephew followed a few days later and it's been like slow falling dominos since then. And it's not a 'sick and then well' it seems to be a sick and linger and then just when you think life is grand again reoccurring ickiness. I had hoped and prayed that I would not succumb. NO WAY! I don't have time for that stuff! I have a life to lead. I have a half marathon to train for. I have plans!
And of course here is a picture of the culprits and carriers of the dreaded bug!
Well, on Tuesday afternoon I started noticing a tickle in my throat/chest that caused me to cough. A dry cough that emphasized the tightness in my chest. I rolled with it. I hoped for the best. Wednesday it was a bit more regular but I still went to zumba. I actually made it through the class and really didn't have many issues. I noticed the tightness in my chest but it wasn't bad enough to make me stop. This morning (Thursday) I woke up and boy was my chest tight. The cough was there and my voice was DEEP. Yeah, this was not looking good. I
I laid in bed for a bit and then decided.....lets get this 3 mile run over with today. I don't know how I'm going to feel tomorrow and I'd rather do it today and be done just in case. And if I feel fabulous tomorrow.....well then the run is done anyway and I can enjoy my early afternoon off of work without the specter of a run marring the afternoon. So out I went.
I did surprisingly well. A few times I felt as if I couldn't get a deep enough breath of air, but nothing major. (ha ha ha as if breathing isn't major!) The last half mile or so my chest was HURTING. Hurting as in my first thought was, "Holy cow, I'm having a heart attack" until I remember that my chest had been tight and I just ran 3 miles. My time? I am proud to say that the run portion of my run this morning was only 1 second slower per mile than my run portion from Tuesday. not bad.
Yes, my pace is showing on the pic a lot slower because I had already started my cool down walk and I was getting my picture so I could calculate my running pace. I do NOT run at a 20 minute pace!
So I got home, had a piece of toast, packed my lunch, showered and I headed out to work. I decided to stop at a pharmacy to pick up some medication. No, I don't need medication at this point. But I decided to douse this cold with some Vitamin C. So I picked up some Airborne type medicine. (ok, I'm cheap and bought the store brand, which we all know is usually made by the same company) and some cough drops in case the coughing starts to annoy me. Yes, I know I should have been doing the Airborne stuff since they first got sick and not wait until I showed the first signs...but this is how I roll!
Don't be a hater.....I wanted the yummy tasting cough drops!
Drat at 15 calories a cough drop.....do I have to count them if I succumb to the pressure/need to use them???