Dr.: I’m prescribing <antibiotic>. You should take it twice a day for 10 days. Continue taking them even if you start to feel better before then.
I was skeptical about his advice as every single year, I plod through, only taking two or three days at the most jump right back in. After Googling a bit I found that as long as illness was from the neck, exercise can be done but intensity should be scaled back. I knew that as well, however I was just beginning to get some asthma symptoms, which also unless really bad, I work through as well, with the help of inhalers. Mulling over research and what the doctor said for few hours, I decided to comply with his prescription and here’s why.
- Every year there is always a setback – as I thought about these annual trips to the doctor I realized that within a month there was always a relapse, resulting the extension of antibiotics and the addition of an oral steroid. Every single year. Maybe if I had halted the exercise, I could have avoided the additional trip and additional meds.
- I’ve had a lot injuries during the last year, achilles strain, shin splints, ongoing knee and shoulder pain with the latest injury being a literal pain in the ass. The pain was getting worse as I continued to push.
- It was time to end my paranoia. As a person who’s had weight issues for 30 years, stopping training for more than a few days always lead to my mind playing tricks on me in the form of “you know if you miss these days (not years) you are going to be that unhealthy person again.” Which is ridiculous. All my critical numbers have been good for about five years now. The blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol were on point but the muscles, tendons and joints had taken a beatdown. Resting sounded like the best prescription to keep going for the long haul.
I’d like to hear about your downtime. Was it a force out or purposeful? Tell me about it in the comments and until next time see you on the road, I’ll be back outside in another week :-)
Race for the Arts 5K Run/Walk - 1st Annual
Takes Your Breath Away, Rock Springs Park
It’s Not You Peachtree Ridge Park, It’s Me
I NEVER have to pee when I’m on a run. Well not never but almost. I’ve probably had to go twice in the last 15 years or so. Well today was that day. I made it around that football field. Ran up that hill that scared me and going up it I’d say it was at least 45 degrees, I mean I was learning forward so far, I felt nearly horizontal. Made it back around to the front near the car and high-tailed it to the restroom…
which was clean had toilet paper and soap, thank GOD! I resumed my run, this time running through a small tunnel instead of the loop and followed the trail, again to the left and a funny thing happened, the trail ended in a parking lot, followed by more parking lots. This was fine because on this portion of the run I got to see a rabbit, the basketball courts, a large playground and the baseball and soccer fields. I made a loop through the parking lots and headed back to the trail. I said to myself, pick your feet up and watch the curb and I did , except all of my body went up. I FELL.
My bracelet flew off and I landed on my tail facing the other direction. A passerby asked if I was alright and handed me my bracelet. I had a small cut scrape on my palm that was bleeding, but otherwise I was fine, a bit heated but fine. I’d planned to run for a certain amount of time, but by then, my mind was made up to run back to the car. I was out of there. Stopping 20 minutes short of my scheduled time for today, I decided to cut my losses.
Dekalb Police Alliance Beat the Badge 5K 9/15/12
Sponsored by the Dekalb Police Alliance there was a good presence of public safety persons (police, fire and civilian) as well as a few current and former elected officials. On the course there were lots of running pairs, moms and daughter, dads and daughter and fair amount of teens and tweens in the race. What was atypical of this race was that there were not many of the “gung-ho running for a PR” racers, you know the ones who do all that running before during and after the race. These folks just were not there, which is suprising because the race is an official Peachtree Road Race qualifier. In terms of sheer numbers, I’m not really sure how many persons participated in the race but I’d guess in the low hundreds, which is really ideal as there was no congestion in the race start and finish areas, nor were there there any issues exiting the parking areas.
The course started and ended on West Exchange Place in front of the Dekalb Police/Fire Rescue Headquarters. The course wound past LA Fitness and turned left on Northlake Parkway, which meant the beginning was pretty much uphill. Proceeding uphill and crossing over LaVista Road, the course turned left onto the continuation of Northlake Parkway which was nice and flat. Crossing I-285 the runners and walkers proceeded downhill to Henderson Mill, made a U-Turn at Henderson Mill and Northlake Parkway and headed back, hitting both the 1 and two mile marks behind Northlake Mall. Making the climb from behind the mall back to the topside at Northlake Parkway and LaVista, it really was “downhill from here” as spectators and volunteers always tell you. For an out and back course, this one was nice. The hills were manageable and again, the mild temperatures, friendly officers and sprinkling of volunteers along the route made the running the course pleasurable.
Centered at the Dekalb Police/Fire Rescue headquarters, there were plenty of shiny vehicles with flashing lights to view, which were interesting for both children and adults alike. Of particular note in front of the headquarters was a really beautiful 9/11 Memorial. Both before and after the race many participants spent time viewing and photographing the memorial. Post race festivities included activities for children, sponsor booths to pick up additional goodies for your goodie bag and music. The really big deal for me was that they had COLD water and sports drinks. Many races I’ve participated in give you a bottled water straight from the case. In GA in September, it’s still warm so that cold water was much appreciated. There was also plenty of food for hungry finishers.
Rhodes Jordan Park, A Little Something for Everyone
For the last few years, it’s been a tradition to go check out a new park following the Peachtree Road Race. The purpose of which is two-fold, 1)finding a new spot to enjoy and to run in and 2)to exhale from Peachtree. This year’s exhale took place at Gwinnett County’s Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Rhodes Jordan Park at 100 East Crogan Street is nestled in downtown Lawrenceville and is built around Lawrenceville City Lake. At a large 162 acres, nearly any activity you’d like to enjoy can be accommodated there. The park features: a community recreation center, community room with catering kitchen, classrooms, dance/aerobics room, fishing lake, pavilions, playgrounds, seven baseball/softball fields, football field overlay, outdoor leisure play pool, double gym, tennis center with eight lighted courts, outdoor baseball court, outdoor horseshoe court (the first I’ve seen at any of the parks visited thus far in the county) and a 1.9-mile paved multi-purpose trail.
The beauty of the park is the lake and how everything is nestled around it. There is a an abundance of water fowl and in the early morning they pretty much have the run of the place, with their numbers decreasing as the morning heats up. There are several boardwalks bordering and crossing over the lake as well as a secure railing on the low lying areas of the park. There’s also a variety of wildflowers, and especially lovely to see, butterflies. I visited the park in July and September and the visuals were spectacular in both cases, which is especially enjoyable while putting in the miles.
According to the park master plan there’s a network of trails totaling 3.8 miles. What’s actually paved, connecting and usable is closer to the 1.9 miles listed on the website and it is a fairly easy 1.9. Taking the paved areas around the lake, behind the picnic area and near the horseshoe courts, will give you a nice crossing loop with minimal hills. The trail is not marked, which is fine. Those who keep track of such things as mileage (which obsessive runners like me do) can just do a timed run and do the math to arrive at mileage.
The trail is mostly shaded with only small sections bordering the lake open and you’ll feel the heat, only momentarily. The trail is really enjoyable because there’s a lot to look at and keep your mind off of how long you plan to be there, the relative ease of it is also good, for any distance or type of run (repeats, tempo). In fact yesterday I saw a young man doing hill repeats up a grassy hill to the trail. With all the beauty there is one drawback of the trail at Rhodes Jordan Park and that is the poop. Waterfowl, especially the gigantic geese (and there are several varieties) we have here make poop that’s as big as dog poop and it is everywhere on the loop directly surrounding the lake, so watch your step.
The end of the affair… with the Peachtree Road Race (maybe)
The wait for the train was not long, maybe 5 minutes and we were off.
Then we arrived at Lenox, and that’s where things got a little bit funky. The runners and walkers are routed up the side streets leading up to Peachtree Road. This year, was the same but my start wave was routed much further down then we had to back track to get to the wave (L in my case). Once queued up I got my usual case of the bubble guts. Everything settled down once we hit the start line.
The run was pretty good, mile one started at usual pace, mile 2 a bit faster. Unlike last year every time there was a water station, I drank, not that warm water they serve but the Powerade that I was carrying with me (as I’m a sweaty diabetic runner). Mile 3 I was feeling good my pace was good, enough for me to post a better time than last year. Then just after the 3 mile mark, it hit me. I started feeling dizzy. I slowed down and then walked. Caught my breath and got my bearings back. I stopped, drank and walk after every mile thereafter and was not at all pleased. Especially considering that the weather (though humid) was nowhere near as bad as last year because it was overcast during the time I was out there. I ran about 5.5 of the 6.2 miles.
I didn’t hang around and take any of those finisher photos this year, but I did manage to get this guy to take a photo of me.
I stopped at the medical tent for good measure. I thought I could make it home fine but stopped anyway to get my blood sugar checked and it was SKY HIGH. Honestly I think it was a meter problem. I could eat cookies and cake all day and not hit 198, I’d just had labs done last week and had an A1C of 4.8 so this was really flukey to me. When I got home, I was in the 70s. At any rate by the time I got home I had an additional problem, one that I felt approaching while in the medical tent.
Overall Peachtree is the same as it ever was, hot, crowded, but fun. It’s unfortunate that I spent a half of it not feeling well, hence the title of this post. For two years in a row, I didn’t feel well, even after all the training and doing everything right (I did do something wrong yesterday, yeah that spinach salad). I’m thinking at least right now, that this might be the end of me running in races of this size in the summertime. The jury is out on this decision until March, that’s when registration for the 2013 race takes place.
If you ran in the Peachtree Road Race or another race for this 4th of July, let me know how you fared in the comments.
Until next time, see you on the trail.
The Allergic Asthmatic Runner
I was just in this place on March 13 after having pushed the envelope a few days before and here I am again, back at Kaiser with the same stuff except it feels a bit worse this time. For allergy and asthma suffers the Atlanta metro is not friendly during the springtime. This year with a mild winter, even for the south, we started seeing pollen in February. For runners with allergies and asthma this time of year is especially brutal, physically with symptoms and mentally. Our local parks and tree lined streets are meant to be seen and smelled and experienced in person, not viewed from inside an air-conditioned car or through the windows of your home. There’s nothing like running amidst all that color and lushness, but for this runner it is a no-no.
For over a decade I followed the same schedule. From May to September and only on weekends I would run outside. I’m one who suffers from year-round indoor and outdoor allergies During the fall its ragweed, winter mold, spring trees and summer grasses and pollution. During the last two years I maintained the weekends only schedule but extended the outdoor time to May through February which sent me from two allergy/asthma/sinus episodes a year to four. During the spring and fall I ramp up the meds and fall back during summer and winter. Allergy shots are year round and have been for about 10 years. This schedule doesn’t help me to avoid the doctor but it does keep me out of the hospital and allows me to enjoy the outdoors a large part of the year.
How my running is affected
Since the schedule is built around my upper respiratory system, I do most of my mileage on the treadmill and the weekly long runs outside. Many runners would be loathe follow this regimen and I understand it, trust me, I want to be outside but doing so is only asking for trouble. Symptom wise, if it’s just allergy symptoms, I treat those and continue my treadmill running. When I’m feeling the familiar elephant on the chest of asthma about to go wrong I don’t run at all, I go to the doctor and do what they tell me to do until my breathing is no longer labored.