Wednesday, October 21, 2009
But the running. Ugh. I planned to run today, and again wanted to get the run in before work so that I would make sure to do it. I didn't have anything major planned - I figured since I've been so tired lately, I would stick with my fifteen minutes like Monday. The weather is beautiful this morning too - sunny, cool but not too cold, and not windy. I was feeling a little bit tired (I haven't gotten as much sleep as I would have liked to this week), but figured the 15 minutes would be no big deal.
Within about 60 seconds of starting the run, I knew I was in trouble. I was EXHAUSTED. Suddenly, like I could barely pick up my feet to run. I reminded myself that the first mile is always a struggle and kept at it, but even with running very slowly, I knew I wouldn't make it the whole 15 minutes, which hasn't happened since I started running. And a month ago, I was up to 26 minutes. So. Very. Frustrating.
I managed .84 miles in 9:46, an 11:37 pace and just felt so tired. And almost embarrassed to admit that I didn't even make a mile. It's hard to describe the tiredness - it's not something I feel like I can power through, but just like my body is not capable of responding to what I want at normal speeds. It comes and goes, and I was feeling better yesterday and Monday, but today it's back in force. I had made a deal with myself that if I wasn't feeling a 100% better by today (since I've been crazy tired for almost a month now), I would make a doctor's appointment and so I now have one for next Friday. I plan to keep up the yoga and do what I can with the running until then, and we'll see how it goes. My mom suspects I picked something up during my trip (ah planes are great for germs) since my dad has been uber-tired also and part of me is wondering if it's walking pneumonia. I've been feeling much more short of breath lately, sometimes with a little bit of a cough, and it wouldn't be my first dance with pneumonia (I've had it 4 times). So we'll see what the doctor says! Hopefully he can figure it out asap so I can feel better and get my running back up to par!