Running Update #6: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly

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.


14 Responses to “Running Update #6: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly”

  1. 1 Lisa from CA April 6, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    It’s really amazing what your body tells you sometimes. When you finally figure out what was wrong, it’s a true testament to how your body functions to make sure things work correctly.

    I definitely had a scary episode with dehydration last summer. I ran in the morning in August, thinking it was ok because it was 8AM, until the temperate went up to 98 degrees 30 minutes into my run. When I came home, I had the biggest headache and had to lie down and had to force myself to drink some water and have a piece of fruit. I was ok after that, but felt tired like you described.

    Glad you were able to recover! Hopefully your week won’t be too crazy, although it seems like it might be…

  2. 2 lindzakins921 April 7, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Yikes… dehydration and a hurt food? 😦 I never personally had any true problems with dehydration just because I drink water like a camel; however after long bike rides in the heat, I sometimes get headaches which I always thought were caused from the sun (and staring it in the eyes for long amounts of time), but maybe it was a result of dehydration… But I’m glad you listened to your body and took it easy 🙂 Feel better!

  3. 3 Cara April 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

    The dehydration thing happened to my mom before, after about 6 hours of swimming, and her coach gave her a salt pill and some water and she felt better within an hour or so. I haven’t had this happen to me so I am not sure if it works on everybody, but it might be an idea.

    Sounds like an amazing run though, aside from being sick.

  4. 4 ChocolateCoveredVegan April 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Wow, what amazing flowers you got to see during your run! They’re just gorgeous! And lol, in one of my last posts I wrote about how I don’t take my camera on runs with me (I saw a bunny rabbit the other day and wished I’d had my camera).

    Sorry about your dehydration, but it’s good to hear that it went away quickly!

  5. 5 chandra April 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve had the dehydration thing before, but mainly from hangovers, not exercise. lol

    It’s kind of funny that you posted this because I was actually planning to ask you something and I completely forgot! When you do your long runs do you ever stop for water anywhere? I can’t imagine running 12 miles witout water, usually for long runs we end up going to a trail with multiple access points so we can drop water off before we run, but I know this isn’t always possible so I was wondering what you do.

    I hope your foot starts feeling better! 🙂

  6. 6 melissa April 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Just read you post! I am sorry you were slightly injured, but since you have already run 12.5 miles, I am sure you are more than prepared for the half. TNT runners don’t run more than 12 before the half. I’ll see you there!

  7. 7 VeggieGirl April 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Dehydration is scary – I’m glad you’re getting better though!! Hang in there, Betsy!

  8. 8 arielle April 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I get pretty bad headaches if I don’t hydrate enough, and I drink a ton of water all day long. But today, for instance, I was busy running around and hardly got to drink any, so I had a headache this afternoon.

    Hmm…wonder how I’d fair after 12.5 miles. Not too well, I’m guessing.

    Hope your foot feels better! I’m sure you’ll be all set for the half!!

  9. 9 Leng April 8, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Hi Betsy,

    I thinks it’s great that you’re training for a 1/2 marathon. I used to run a lot in high school (X country, track & soccer), and I recently thought about taking up a race. Although, I haven’t ran for long periods of time for so long I think I should start with a 5 K instead.

    Maybe it’s your body is telling you something…? I have felt dehydrated before. That’s when I get strange cramps on my body. At one point I kept getting cramps on my neck. PAINFUL.

  10. 10 Betsy April 8, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I forgot to say this in my post: My foot actually stopped hurting about 5 minutes into my run, and hasn’t hurt since!!! So, I don’t have to worry about that any more.

    I actually thought about taking a salt packet (like one you get at a fast food place) because that is something that is lost in dehydration. Lots of marathoners will take one before it starts and then another halfway through.

    I never ran with water cause I never had a problem! I think I’m going to buy a fuel belt, something I dont’ really want to do, but I think it’s necessary now.

    Do a 5K!! Have you heard of the couch to 5k plan (google it)? I heard it’s good. I love races (I’m pretty competitive), so I think you should go for it!

  11. 11 Leng April 8, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hi Betsy,

    RE: Couch to 5k plan

    It looks easy enough to do. I actually downloaded another form off the internet, but a training program for a 1/2 marathon. Here’s the link:

    LOL, I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s been up on my bulletin board for who knows how long.

    I’ll definitely consider the 5k.

    Thanks for the help.

  12. 12 ChocolateCoveredVegan April 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    My little dog is a rescue dog too, and I don’t want to think about him stuck in a shelter if we didn’t get him!

    I completely hear you on your comment that you’d get a dog but you live in a small apt. My dogs live at home with my parents; even if my school apt. WERE big enough for a dog, I’m not allowed to have one on campus.

  13. 13 Maggie April 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    So do you think mom and dad would mind if I kidnapped Dalton and brought him back with me for short term?
    I didn’t know you run in central park….do you know what that reminds me of… I will give you a clue…running like a little kid.

  14. 14 carrie April 10, 2008 at 12:26 am

    while i’m commenting, i thought i’d add to this post as well. i definitely think that whomever mentioned the salt is onto something. i know people that put salt into their water bottles for long bike rides; and i am a firm believer that dehydration is about water as much as it is about sodium intake, which actually helps your body absorb and use the water. just my two cents.

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