This morning I woke up with terrible congestion. I couldn’t breathe through my nose at all and couldn’t find any relief… After going through 6 mucinex tablets, a box of tissues, and way too much nasal spray, the last thing I wanted to do today was run.
I went to the pharmacy after work in search of a miracle and invested $14 in a Neti Pot. I was really skeptical about this… It totally freaked me out. But I was desperate. And oh. My. Goodness. I’ve never felt so much relief. I could breathe again!! If you feel congested and have never tried this, do it. It’s a life changer.
So then I felt like I was ready to attempt a run. I hate missing planned workouts, especially since I had a rest day yesterday. Dixie and I decided to stay close to home and ran the 0.8 mile loop that is my neighborhood. After the first lap I felt great, so I did 3 more and ended up under 8:00 pace for all 3.1 miles (we stopped right at 3.1 and walked the rest of the way). I couldn’t believe I did that after not being able to breathe an hour earlier.
Dixie was with me the whole way, and seemed to pull me a little bit at all the right times. Every time we were about to pass my driveway, she made a bee line for the other side of the road. She hates to stop running, so she avoids our house the best she can. Usually it’s annoying, but I really needed it today.
Thank you Neti Pot!!
Today was the perfect example of how your mind can play major tricks on you. Your body can do so much more than you think it can. I thought I wouldn’t be able to run today but decided to just give it a try anyway and ended up with one of my best 5k times since I started training. Funny how that works.. And now I don’t have to worry about a missed workout!
If you feel sick, I do NOT recommend running. That’s why I chose to stay close to home in case my body decided to tell me to stop. Luckily, it’s just a runny nose right now and I felt strong throughout my whole run.
Is anyone else battling a cold? Any miracle remedies that work for you?