Thursday, March 24, 2011

It is Hard Running after a Layoff

I haven't really worked out very hard in about 3 weeks and I sure feel it.  It is now 3 hours since I finished my workout and my legs are killing me.  This time, I wised up and took my Claritin-D an hour before my workout.  I was very thirsty, which is a side effect, but much better than feeling like my lungs are about to seize up, runny nose, and itchy eyes.  Just saying.

The workout wasn't really that hard, which makes me feel even more pathetic about taking so much time off.  We ran a 1.25 mile warmup, did our usual light stretching and then a 4 mile loop to, around, and back from Lake Baldwin.  Most of the people in my group are running the Winter Park 10k this Saturday, so he didn't want us killing ourselves.  He said to run at conversational pace.  That would have worked if I kept up with anyone.  Instead, I just had to keep my thoughts to myself, which were mostly about just trying to keep pushing.  Nothing truly inspirational that's for sure.  I had to stop for about 30 seconds around the 2 mile mark.  After that, I went between barely jogging to pushing through the headwind and trying to keep pace.

By the time I got back to the track, almost everyone was finishing up the 200 meter repeats.  Coach wanted us to run 4 to 6 of them.  Run them somewhat hard, but not sprinting.  Just get a good turnover with your legs.  I was dying by the time I got there, so I ran 4 of them.  I felt like death afterward.  I sat down on the bleachers next to the water jug, so I wouldn't have to move very far.  I was beat physically, although mentally, I felt very accomplished.  I could have easily not run at all today in fear of the pollen.

I wish I had done more indoor workouts during my time off.  Some of it was to rest my calf, so maybe not that time.  But I could have been doing something instead of going outside and causing a nasal infection a week ago and that would have given me the ability to do even more indoor workouts.  See how that works?  Maybe next year I'll have a game plan in place for when the Oak Pollen Attacks!!

3 weeks exactly until the IOA Corporate 5k in downtown Orlando.


The Green Girl said...

Aw, I'm sorry. I feel like my allergies are getting progressively worse as I get older...

...which offers you no consolation.

Lindsay said...

i know how it is - i am allergic to something every season so i just always look like i have a cold.

i've heard that eating dairy can make allergy symptoms worse? but never looked into it/researched it.

chris mcpeake said...

its always tough getting back but you will be back to running "normal" in no time

Doug said...

On the really bad days, I just stay indoors and pretend I am the boy in the bubble.

Lindsay, thanks for the dairy idea. I'll check on that.

And thanks Chris, I hope normal comes around soon, because I have a race in a few weeks.

Anonymous said...

My allergies are better in Colorado Springs than they were in Florida!