I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!! I know we say this line every year, but seriously, this year has gone by at rapid speed. Since moving to South Florida I have a hard time remembering different seasons as it is. Until 2 days ago it was still quite warm and I almost forget how late in the year it already is. Thanksgiving and Christmas will always be in my memory embedded as cold and snow.
This week I have been battling a sinus infection, which basically has started already 2 weeks ago, but I just preferred to ignore the signs. Last Sunday my nose and sinuses were so congested it was hard to catch my breath during my runs. I think that was the major reason why I couldn’t run at any decent pace for the last 2 weeks, no matter how hard I tried, my lungs just didn’t give it. After my slow 7 Miler on Saturday I was reading up on sinus infections and running and yes, you should actually avoid running when you suffer from a sinus infection ,because of restricted air way flow. That explains it! I was so out of breath during my runs, but for whatever reason it didn’t occur to me that my nasal passages caused this. So no major mileages for me the next few days.
This year I have had so many physical issues that affected my running, I’m amazed for the entire year I only didn’t run for 2 weeks!!
If I actually learn how to take it easy on days when my body does need rest, that would be a great lesson for the new year. It’s easier said than done with a restless runner’s mind, that always needs to be in motion…
Here is what I ran last week:
Monday: Luckily I log my runs in my calendar, otherwise I probably wouldn’t even remember them at all. It was a hot afternoon run. I was so frustrated that even in November the temps really didn’t drop much for an afternoon run so afr. The early mornings are perfect running conditions right now but it’s not always possible for me to make it out that early, so I have to postpone running a lot of times to the afternoon. My sinuses felt super congested and my pace was slow. I couldn’t pick up my speed even for a million dollars. My Garmin said 10:07 for this 6 mile run. After I went home I still felt out of breath, but at this pint it didn’t occur to me that it was due to the congestion of my sinuses.
Tuesday: I really tried to pick up my speed for this run. It was slightly better than the day before, but I had to stop at 5 miles. Again I felt so weak from my lungs. Pace: 9:30
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 4 miles around my neighborhood. I was so happy when I ran down a block with water sprinklers – such a nice cool off!
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: I got up early to get some running in. Just like during all the other runs this week I have struggled with my air way flow. It occured to me now that this must have been due to my sinuses. I went home and read up on it. Yup – congested sinuses restruct your airway flow during running, that’s why you should actually avoid running with a sinus infection. If my congestion doesn’t get better soon I will probably need see my doctor – even if that means a course of antibiotics, which I wanted to avoid at all costs. I finished at 7 miles , pace 9:54.
Sunday: It was a super beautiful morning and we all felt like getting outside. Jim, me and the boys headed over to Dwyer park. Dwyer park offers some of the best hills here in the area. There are always many athletes training along those steep hills. It’s super inspiring to watch! Of course my boys love running up and down those hills, they actually really want to roll them down…
Even though I wanted to take it easy that day I couldn’t help but join in the fun. I did 8 hill repeats and ran a few loops, which I would estimate at about 2 miles. I’m sure John, my 6 year old outdid me! Later the boys found a sandy hill – the perfect boy environment for some major fun. While they were playing on the hills I got to work on some planks and lunges and stuff… that’s how I usually have to squeeze in any cross training if I want to get it done…somehow.
Total Mileage for this week: 24 miles
How was your week?