Today has just not been a great running week. After starting the week with pink eye and a sinus infection and then having an allergic reaction to antibiotics I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off. I felt like I was finally ready to attempt a run on Wednesday, but it has been raining like crazy here all week, so I had to go the gym to try to get a run in on the treadmill.
I felt fine for the first mile @ 8:00 pace and then all of a sudden it was like my body flipped a switch and I felt completely exhausted. After slowing down to 8:30 pace I barely made it another mile before giving up. I was so frustrated and confused – how could I run 11 miles just three days earlier and then barely get through 2 miles on the treadmill? I switched over to the elliptical to get some more cardio in, did some abs and planks for my plank challenge and called it a night.
Overall, my body has not reacted well to antibiotics. After rejecting the first prescription, my doctor gave me something different that my body seems to accept, but I still feel “off.” I did a little bit of research and found that there are runners that experience similar symptoms while running on antibiotics. What worries me is that I didn’t find any super scientific evidence, just stories and experiences similar to mine. Common symptoms include:
- Increased sensitivity to dehydration (check)
- Slower pace (check)
- Dizziness and upset stomach (check)
- Tendon rupture (this didn’t happen, thank goodness)
I’m going to try again today. I’m running a 10k on Saturday so I want to be completely off antibiotics for the race, especially since it is a 9:00 start and the high for the day is going to be in the 80s, so I’ll be needing some energy towards the end of the race.
I want this blog to be a mostly positive place, but running and life are not always happy, so thanks for reading about the less than amazing week I’ve had thus far. Now I do want to tell you about some more positive happenings. My pink eye is gone and my sinus infection has improved… so at least my antibiotics are doing something good!
Yesterday I got my Cordskinz in the mail from Salt – thanks again for hosting the giveaway!! I never win anything, so I was so excited about this. Now I just need Cordskinz to invent the same thing for my curling irons… they get so tangled and this morning I picked one up and sent the other one flying, but that’s a whole other issue.
More happy news – my Pittsburgh Penguins are playing tonight in their first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! We’ve had a rough end to the regular season, but you just never know what can happen in the playoffs, so I’m excited to see if they can pull off some upsets against the Rangers.
Any hockey fans? What is your favorite team?
What is something positive happening in your life right now?