I don’t what it is about the number 25, but it doesn’t seem that far away…. Yikes!
Last week’s training was unfortunately, VERY uneventful.
On Friday February 13th on my flight home from to Miami to Boston, I felt very nauseous on the plane. I figured it was just motion sickness from reading a magazine… I was downing gingerale on the flight, but it didn’t help.
Saturday morning I was still nauseous (I biked anyways, oops #notlisteningtomybody).
On Sunday I was nauseous and dizzy (I ran 12 miles anyways, oops.. I actually felt better while running, go figure).
By Monday morning, I was still nauseous, had no appetite, felt very fatigued and dizzy. I had NO energy whatsoever. The COMPLETE opposite of what I usually am, always hungry and always moving. I attempted to go to work, only to leave early. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch and rest. I literally felt sea-sick and I couldn’t walk without feeling like I was swaying. what a horrible feeling! And no… I’m not pregnant, I promise. Ha.
These nasty symptoms continued into Tuesday and that’s when I started to get concerned. I made an appointment with my primary care physician, where she examined me and did lots of blood work (Mono, Thyroid, Liver Enzymes, etc) to make sure it was nothing serious.
Good news: All blood work was NORMAL
Bad news: I had some nasty Inner Ear Virus… you might be asking.. what the heck is an Inner Ear Virus? Yeah I was too, since I had NEVER heard of this before.
My doctor came to the conclusion that it’s most likely an Inner Ear Virus called Labryinthitis. Who knew you could get viruses in your inner ear?! I certainly did not. She said the symptoms would probably go away within a week and that there was nothing she could really do for me since it was a viral infection.. ughh. While I’m not sure how on Earth I got this virus, I may have contracted it in Florida, and riding on the plane, with a change in pressure, exacerbated the problem. This is all just my speculation though:)
For the rest of the week I rested, ate bland foods (white rice and chicken for four straight days & white toast). I spent some SERIOUS time on the couch watching HGTV, thinking of ways to redecorate my living room (this drove Todd crazy haha) and I just took naps. At least I had my furry companion to keep me company:)
By Thursday I couldn’t stand the couch any longer, so I took Oliver for a two mile walk. My dizziness had subsided and I needed fresh air!
My appetite finally came back on Friday, when I actually wanted to eat normal food that I like, i.e. veggies. I also started to get my energy back and was less dizzy. I did a VERY slow 30 minute run on Friday and felt pretty good!
By Saturday I had my energy back, hooray! I decided to try training over the weekend with the intention of listening to my body if I started to feel sick. I told myself I would stop biking if I felt nauseous or dizzy.
I felt well enough to bike 2.5 hours on the trainer (longest ride yet!). I watched Boyhood and thought it was a great movie. It just captivated me more than I thought it would, given the previews. 2.5 hours went by in a flash! My legs felt strong and powerful. I made sure not to push it too much, since I was just getting over my sickness.
On Sunday I ran 14 miles, my longest run yet! I was feeling 100%, but also went into the run knowing I would stop if I felt sick. This long run was down *sigh* on the treadmill. It was in the 40’s outside (like summer around here) and I thought about running outside, but the snowbanks are still SO high and the sidewalks are completely covered under four feet of snow. I opted for the treadmill to play it safe. I actually watched The Meaning of Life and caught up on my second Oscar Nominated film of the weekend. The run went really well and I averaged an 8:13 mile, coaches orders. I was pleased to find out that this pace felt easy and effortless. I also had NO knee pain.
My TFL was bugging me for about an hour and then the feeling went away. It tends to flare up with distance running… does this happen to anyone else? If yes, what do you do for it? My chiro works on it with ART, which helps. I also have been told my adductors are weak, so perhaps this is contributing.
After my long run, we enjoyed a delicious Flatbread pizza with beets AND kale. Beets on pizza might sound weird, but it was sooo good! Beets are also great for recovery post long run:) I need to recreate this pizza on my own!
What is your favorite meal post long run?