In all honesty, I probably wasn’t sick enough to stay home yesterday from work. I mean, after being sick for 10 days I’m pretty sure that if I had ever been contagious that I’ve already infected all my co-workers. That said, I’ve been worn down from being sick and I needed a day where I could literally sleep all day because I knew I wouldn’t be productive at all at work. So that’s what I did. I guess I hadn’t been joking to my friend when I had said I wanted to be put into an almost-coma-like state!
My alarm did go off at 0515 on Wednesday (when I was going to get up) but after some curse words, mostly too my nose and head, I reset my alarm to call my supervisor when the clinic opened, then left a message and slept until 12:30 where I made myself some breakfast and then slept more. Or at least laid in bed relaxing, catching up on blogs and reading good books. With lots of sleep thrown in there.
Yes too much sleep has made me really sleepy but I just needed it. The all day rain yesterday surely didn’t help. But at least it wasn’t snow. And I’m sure that I’ll recoup nicely from all that sloth and, in fact, woke up feeling more refreshed than I have in about forever.
The only bummer about yesterday was that I couldn’t go running with my new running buddy! One of the doctors at the clinic commented how she sees me running *allthetime* (well lots of people tell me that because I live, and thus run, in an area where lots of doctors live) and how she was trying to get into more-than-just-recreational running. She wanted to go this morning (because 0500 works for her) but since I’m dealing with my leg I asked if we could do it next week. Which she said definitely. YAY for new running buddies 🙂
Speaking of the leg I’m convinced, after lots of google searching on my sick day, that it’s my IT band that’s aggravated so I’ve upped the ice, stretching and rolling. Plus I’ve reincorporated my PT hip exercises (think leg lifts, leg circles, leg bicycle motions etc) into my routine so that my hips get stronger. I did this last December, but for my other hip, and it was successful. Hopefully it’ll do the same thing now. T-32 days now!
The exercises, however, do not work immediately and when I tried to run this morning I barely made it 4 miles before calling it quits. I had thought that my day of rest yesterday would do something. But no, the ache and tightness and, yes, pain was there. Not immediately but it was clear after I reached the halfway point of my loop (well the first loop I was going to do) that my IT band was not my friend today. So I did the *smart* thing (as I keep telling myself) by stopping at 4 (when I reached my apartment) and not trying to get in “just one more” and then one more…because we all know I would have tried to do that.
I spent that additional time I had factored into my run into icing, stretching and rolling the living heck out of my leg. A whole 45 minutes worth! Between all the TLC I’m giving it here (okay so the run wasn’t exactly anything T, L or C) and the massage I have scheduled for tomorrow I’m really hoping I can get another week or two of decent training under my belt. Like I said, Boston isn’t too far away! I don’t want to go in feeling like it’s been forever and a day between the race and my last hard workout (which it’s already been 2 weeks since my last speed workout).
Oh well. Interestingly enough, while my pace was on the sloooooooooow side, the actual pace itself doesn’t impact how my leg feels, for whatever that’s worth (thoughts?). It was such a beautiful morning out too: sunny, mid-40s, I was in shorts and a t-shirt! I guess I can’t truely complain (trying to see the silver lining) because I did get out there and felt the sun on my face. And I’m sitting in the volunteer center right now, drinking some of my amazing coffee (which I’m glad some of you told me it’s a-okay to be a coffee snob hahah!) typing up some notes for the doctors who are here today with the window WIDE open. I sincerely hope that this nice weather lasts (it’s currently 57*. Hizzah!). Fingers crossed.