Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis), which was abundant yesterday during my run. I didn’t take this during my run (although one day I want to carry it while running), but I did take it at work last week.
The good: I had a pretty good run yesterday-12.5 miles again on a beautiful day. The bad: Saturday was the only day I ran because my foot was hurting all week. The very ugly: I came home from my run very dehydrated and ended up being sick all afternoon.
First off, yes-I was only able to run once this week. After my race/long run last Sunday, halfway through the day my left foot started hurting quite badly. It was a new pain, kinda felt like a bee sting every time I stepped. Weird, I know. However, when I took my shoe off when I got home, a bee didn’t fly out, as I was expecting. In fact, nothing was different. My foot didn’t look red or swollen or anything, which I decided was a good sign. Also, it only hurt when I was walking, and stopped immediately when I stopped, which, with my expert podiatrist knowledge, I decided was also a good sign. So, I skipped my Tuesday tempo run and waited to see if it went away so I could run on Thursday. It slooowly started feeling better, but I decided to skip my Thursday run as well when that rolled around. I didn’t want to make my injury a permanent injury considering my half-marathon is only 4 weeks away (eek!). My foot felt almost fine on Friday (yes!) but I woke up on Saturday and it was hurting again (no!). Cause I’m super stubborn, I decided to just suck it up and run. And after putzing around my apartment for waaay too long and stalling with my roommate, run I did!
Wow-what a gorgeous day it was. The weather forecast the day before said that it was going to be rainy and kinda cold. I was not looking forward to a long run in the cold rain. Eww. But, when I woke up and opened my curtains, it was super sunny, and about 55 degrees! Spring? Here finally? Yes!! I woke up feeling very tired though was wondering how that was going to effect my run. Hmmm. I got to the park on the late side, around 11 and because I was so late the park was hopping. Lots of runners, tourists, casual walkers, hookers. Oh wait-none of those. Central park is clean now. I felt pretty good, but tired as I excepted. I was hoping I was shake it fast and I kinda did. I felt more energized as I went along, but still had this tired feeling the entire time (I figured out what that was later). It was truly lovely though running by all the blooming flowers-daffodils, forsythia, magnolias, dogwoods, crocuses, glory-of-the-snow. It made my run that much better. I love seeing spring emerge after loong winters and seeing everything bloom and blossom bit by bit. Before we know it the leaves will be out and summer will be in full swing! It was a nice distraction from the running and the fact that I was still tired.
By the time I started my second loop, I was really into it. I was having a good time, enjoying my fellow runners and the flowers and the gorgeous weather. One of my favorite moments was at the top of the Harlem Hill, after I had defeated it (I think defeat is a very appropriate verb) and I felt so god-damn great! A good song came on my ipod (if only I could remember what it was now) and I was trucking along great. I finished feeling ok-not great, not awful but quite tired and quite hungry. And quite thirsty. I grabbed a water from a street vendor and chugged it down in about a block and a half. By the time I got home, I felt really fine.
I had lots to do that afternoon and didn’t have time to linger. I drank some water, ate a huge bowl of oatmeal, took a shower and about to get dressed when I noticed that my stomach was cramping up really badly. I drank some more water and decided to lay down for about 15 minutes. When I got up to get dressed, I got incredibly nauseous. I thought I was going to be sick for about an hour. Then I lay down again and got up again and the same thing happened. So, I decided that I was without a doubt dehydrated. The day before, because I was so insanely busy at work I didn’t drink a lot of water and had a beer that night, which probably wasn’t the smartest. And then when I woke up I didn’t drink a lot on top of the warm weather. My body wasn’t used to running in warmer weather after running for too long in 30 degrees. Also, because I was really breezy, my sweat was evaporating really fast so I didn’t notice how much I was sweating. So, I just lay in bed and drank lots of water. After another hour or so of doing that, I was able to get up and felt almost fine. A headache, yes, but not nauseous and not lightheaded.
It was actually quite scary because I’ve never experienced it before. I’ve never had problems with dehydration before, but also I’ve never worked my body like this before. I just need to be more careful, and you better believe that I will be much much more careful for my long run next weekend. I feel fine now, so it went away pretty fast, but I don’t sure as heck don’t this to happen every time I do a long run in warmer weather. So, hopefully I’ve learned my lesson and this will be the only time I experienced it. Anyone else ever had problems with dehydration?
Happy Sunday and enjoy your week. I’ve got another busy one ahead of me…ugh.