It’s official – I have not run or otherwise exercised in more than a month. I’m a little disappointed in myself, but mostly not. I REALLY underestimated how long it was going to take to recover from my sinus surgery. I felt a lot better by last week, including finally getting over my ear infection, but I was exhausted beyond belief. I was getting up every morning at 6am and falling asleep by 8pm. There simply was no time to work out nor did I have the energy. I also learned the hard way that I am allergic to penicillin. Apparently, you can take penicillin for 2 weeks, be perfectly fine, and suddenly develop itchy hives AFTER you stop taking it. What?! It has been 10 days since I finished the antibiotics, and I am still having a reaction. It’s so weird – it comes and go, all over my body. It seems to be mostly my arms, neck, shins and ankles, but it has been other places as well – with no rhyme or reason. I even had them all over one butt cheek last one. Seriously! For a while, I thought it was my new shampoo. So I switched back to my old kind, to no avail. I tried a completely allergen-free kind, no luck. Finally I did some research and spoke to the nurse at my surgeon’s office and sure enough, it sounded just like a delayed penicillin allergy. Well, I guess I know for next time…?
Either way, the allergy means I’ve been taking benadyl for relief as soon as I get home from work and it knocks me out within an hour. And makes me sleep like a rock, but feel very groggy in the morning and thus sleep as late as I can. So workouts have not been an option. I haven’t been eating much because my metabolism is probably at rock bottom, but I haven’t been eating clean either. So, it’s time to get back on the wagon. My next 5K is less than 2 weeks away, and the BAA 10K is less than 7 weeks away!
On a positive note, I finally have a car. And I’m driving to work now, which means I can leave my apartment later in the mornings and get home much earlier in the evenings. So morning runs are finally going to be do-able again, as are evening workouts.
Last week I went to a BAA 10K clinic held at the Boston Marathon adidas RunBase. It was a free sit-down clinic (rather than an active clinic) for anyone registered for the race. The main topic was a 10K training plan, as well as being and prepared through the coming weeks before the race. It was not super informative but it did confirm I am (well, had been until the last month) on the right path to running a successful race. They said the goal should be to finish period, but my goal is to finish in less than 1 hour. Think I can do it?