Sometime last year I entered a race. Actrually two but I only ran in one. This year I have signed up for 2 more. Each of them are 5K and I am thinking about entering the 1/2 marathon, is that crazy? I think it is. Time will tell.
My race was on the 23rd of April which seemed fine untiil I realized the girls all had their first soccer game that day too. Game one at 9am, game two at 9:30, and game three at 2. My race started at 9am in Alpine, but I had to be there early to get my runners packet and check in. That would mean I would miss the first 2 games and Robert would be hopping from one to another.
I was getting a little worried about my training since I hadn't really for awhile. My parents were here, I didn't run at all that week. We had spring break and sick kids, I didn't really run that week. I figured I would just get in some good long runs and some fast interval workout before my run on Saturday.
Then on Sunday of race week I had a terrible headache. (It never went away until Friday.) Monday morning I had a scratchy throat, and by the middle of the day, I had called Robert to tell him to pick up something for dinner since I didn't really feel good. My throat on one side felt like it was on fire. My head still hurt and I just wanted to go to bed. Tuesday morning I slept in while Robert got the early kids off to school. I had to get up around 8 to make sure Em was getting ready for school and then I would have to take her to school. Once I got out of bed, I was in such pain, my body hurt all over, my throat was in a firery furnace, my ears felt as if they would explode, my head was pounding. Several times contempleted ways to end the pain, but I knew that wasn't the answer.
Robert had asked me that morning if I needed him to stay home. I don't think I have ever had him stay home, even after we have a baby, he takes a day or two off, and then goes back to work. I guess he figures that is time enough right. (smiles) I felt so horrible, and I hated to call and ask, but I did, I called and asked if he could come home. I called and got a doctors appointment. Confirmed strep, I pretty much slept most the day after 3pm, except when I was in that 1 hr window of not being able to take more pain meds yet not getting relief.
Wednesday I told Robert he could go back to work, I knew I was on the mend. I hadn't eaten much at all, I did manage to eat a popscicle, but the sugar in it left undesirable phlem in my thoat. I figured I was dehydrated too, possible cause of headache, and it hurt SO SO bad to drink anything.
By Friday I could drink continuously without having to stop after ever swallow. It didn't hurt much to even swallow my own saliva compared to before. I even ate part of dinner. Things were looking up.
I had been dizzy and light headed the whole week. Grandma said it was due to the antibiotics. She may be right, I still get a little dizzy now, but not as bad, and I am still on the meds. I was contemplating the whole week how I was going to run this race on Saturday. How can I run if I am dizzy? How can I run if I haven't eaten at all? How am I going to run when my throat hurts so bad?
I talked to Robert about it on Friday night. I had decided it was a bummer but I wasn't going to be able to do it. I hadn't trained the last 3 weeks, I was sick, we had crazy soccer schedules... it just wasn't going to work out. End of discussion, I wasted my money, I didn't get to race.
Amber woke up early Saturday morning. I started to think about the race again. I could walk if my throat was hurting. If I was dizzy, I could always just walk too. I already paid for it, even if I walk it, I should just go. I set my alarm and went back to bed, or tried to. I was then too excited to sleep and was thinking about the race.
My alarm went off, I woke up Robert to check to see if he was okay if I really did go to my race. He said he would arrange all the soccer stuff and I could go. I got up, had a yogurt for breakfast, took some motrin and grabbed a bottle of water and headed to the race.
The race was in Alpine. It was FREEZING! I met some new friends there, which was good, since I was afraid I would be all alone running by myself. I did run pretty much by myself but I had some friends to talk to before the race started while we froze!
My time was not impressive. I was very dissapointed in it. (5K in 35 minutes, average of 11min miles.) But since I was sick, and since I hadn't ran the last 3 weeks I try to not be so upset about it. The race itself was alot of fun. I had a good time. I am thinking about signing up for their half marathon which will be in Oct I think in Park City. Time will tell. I need to get running more.
Saturday I had one hip that was really sore. By Sunday, I was moving so slow and didn't want to bend over and pick up anything. At church I asked Robert to hand me my bag. My hips hurt, my ankles, my shins... I felt like I walked like an old arthritic person.
The race I did was the Pink Series, for breast cancer. It is an all women race, and they had I think 6 firemen in their firesuits on the bottom and a white shirt and pink tie on, with their hats. I tried to put my picture on here of it but it says the server refused it. Go figure!
My next race is the Dirty Dash, on June 3rd, and I have a race entry already paid that no one is using. Anyone interested? It's a 5K at Soldier Hollow with obsticles to run through as well. Sounds like fun. Check out their website.