You can prepare and plan for race day taking control of all of the fine details as much as you want, but you'll never have a say in the weather. Chicago has been doing this crazy hot/cold/hot/cold dance for some time now that has my sinuses in quite a flux. Saturday I was sneezing like crazy, then Sunday my nose started running like mad, by Monday I couldn't breathe through my nose and pressure begun to build in my head, all leading up to yesterday and thus far today where I've lost the ability to hear out of my right ear from all of the congestion that seems to just be hanging around in the ole noggin.
Trying to get in exercise while your head feels like it's in a vice and your breathing isn't normal isn't fun. On Monday I went to a hot yoga class that turned out to be almost completely inversions. I felt like I was in a complete and utter daze and couldn't understand a word the instructor was saying. The only word I could make out was inertia, but my mind couldn't wrap around what the heck he was talking about.
|Felt exactly like Charlie Brown|
I'm also wheezing like an old man with sleep apnea right now.
Even with my head feeling all kinds of crazy, my legs and everything else seem to be feeling pretty darn good. Pulling way back on Sunday when it became apparent that the temps were going to keep me miles away from my race plan was probably one of the smartest things I've done in awhile. I haven't had any soreness or tightness, and the knee seems to be behaving like normal again. So I give my new half marathon personal worst 2-thumbs up.
Was able to get in a mini threshold workout yesterday.
Planned workout was 3x10 minutes @ goal 10 miler pace (6:25-6:29)
with 3 minutes jogging recovery
Not anything remarkable here, and only went through 2 cycles of threshold pace. Decided to quit while I was ahead and not beat a dead horse in honor of conservation for Saturday's race. Even with my head pounding and my nose making it extremely challenging to breathe right now, this workout seemed 10x easier then Sundays race due to the temps being about 25 degrees cooler. While mid 6 pace isn't exactly easy-peasy for me, it has never felt as challenging as it was on Sunday. Effort wise 6:50's felt like 6:20's in the heat. It wasn't pretty.
Race photos, courtesy of PBC Sports Photography, came out fairly decent where I might be tempted to buy a few if they weren't so darn expensive. These may actually be some of the best race pics of myself that I've ever seen.
|Sweating like my usual lady beast-like self|
|Heal striking like a champ|
|This was most likely right before the taste of my breakfast began to creep back into my mouth|
|And still heal striking.|
Damn, thought I fixed that. Guess not.
|Thank God that race is over, and I carried a gu the entire race and didn't use it.|
Left a nice little strawberry on the birth mark on the left side of my stomach.
Temps for this weekends 10 miler are looking like they may be a bit zesty as well, it's almost hard to believe that I ran a half marathon this same time last year and ended up in an ambulance post finish line nearing hypothermia.
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