Olivia's Marathon Misadventures

Saturday, April 22, 2006

[wheeze] - All My Titles Are Sounds Now

Ever since returning from Las Vegas, I have been stricken with the worst possible case of allergies: sore throat, aches, congestion, cough, runny eyes, general yuckiness. I guess when you go away, your body kind of regulates and when you come back, your body gets a little freaked out, like "I thought it was ok to dump all those antibodies!"

Wednesday night's run was pretty bad, but I blamed it on pollen and (mostly) on Vegas. Today's run, well, it wasn't that good. I woke up on time, but hadn't slept a wink. I was tossing and turning all night trying to get each sinus cavity to drain so that I could breathe through my nose, in lieu of my mouth. Mouth breathing, besides being disgusting, irritates my throat. Coughing and general nastiness rounded out my restless night. When my alarm rang, I was happy that I didn't have to fake sleep any longer. Plus, this was our last run before The Run (more on that). I can polish off 5m in nothing flat. It will be just a long enough run to clear my head.

I hop (sort of) out of bed, but I can't open my eyes! GROSS!!! They are all matted and nasty!! I cough up other grossness, but in spite of it all, I put on my shoes and headed out the door. Glad I did too - it was a BEAUTIFUL morning! Cool, sunny, I loved it! I arrived in plenty of time at our trainer's house - where the run would commence. RR is there! Mollybloom is there! My favorite trainers are there (minus half of M&M)! Good day! I yell HELLO out of the car window...it was but a whisper. WHAT?! I have lost my voice!! This is terrible! We start our run and at about mile 2.5 my heart rate is through the roof and I can barely catch my breath. I haven't had labored breathing since, I don't know, the 3rd week of training back in November!! My nose is running everywhere, I am totally mouth breathing. Basically, I am a total wreck. I try another half mile, but have to quit.

From the run I go directly to the doctor. Wouldn't you know, I was running with a big, fat fever. This little allergy situation had decided to go code red (or is it orange? yellow?) and turn into quite a nasty little infection. The doc was convinced that I have asthma as a symptom of allergies, so I have to waste 30 minutes breathing in albutrin or some shite so I could get a read on the spore-o-meter or some such machine. As it turns out, I am just a lazy exhaler, that's all. An hour and a half later, I have received a steroid shot (IN THE BUTT!!!), and a scrip for nose squirt, z-pack, some unknown allergy horse pills and some other pills for coughing. I wonder if after all of this cocktail if I am allowed to take something for my headache?

So my last Saturday run before the big race kind of fizzled. And one more piece of news: my knees keep bothering me - A LOT. So I've decided to just do the Half Marathon (BOO!) and see a physical therapist to ramp up for the fall marathon season. I am really torn in my feelings about this. Half of me is so disappointed and let down and completely bummin. The other half is relieved because, sans pollen, I can do 13.1 in a SNAP!!! I am sorry to be such a disappointment to me and to you. :( The upside is: The Misadventures Shall Continue!!!

Time to get ready for a birthday party. Sadly, I won't be the life of it, draining my sinuses every 30 seconds. Oh well! I am well armed now.


  • You are NOT a disappointment! You have up with way more than anybody else would to get to this point, and a half marathon is still an accomplishment - just a fun one and not a painful one! There are tons more marathons to do - just enjoy this one and move on to the fall!

    By Anonymous Molly Bloom, at 6:24 PM  

  • Just enjoy the half! You wouldn't want your first marathon to be painful and a terrible experience anyway. You'll be ready this fall!

    By Blogger Rae, at 6:14 AM  

  • I'm with Rae...and she knows!! Very few people on this earth can say they ran 13.1 miles. Enjoy the feeling of being one of them!

    By Blogger jeanne, at 5:23 PM  

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