A Surprising Good Run

a normal shot before my extra gear.

a normal shot before my extra gear.

I had a miserable sinus and respiratory infection that knocked me on my butt. The doc told me no running last weekend and to be honest, I couldn’t have even if I wanted to. A week later I felt okay so I did an easy 3 mile run. In theory it was easy, in practice it was pretty tough. I wanted to get some runs in before Sunday’s 10 miler in Prospect Park. I figured it would be miserable to have that as my first run after being sick.

Saturday I went out for 5 so I could get my 15 in. It was crazy cold again and it made the run harsh. I was feeling dizzy at times and after 4 miles my coach told me to pack it in, knowing I would run the mile home. Mission accomplished but it wasn’t a fun one.

with my buddies, in my crazy person garb.

with my buddies, in my crazy person garb.

Sunday, however, was much better. I felt better, it was warmer out and I’m not really familiar with the park so I had some new sites to look at. It’s a good thing my friends like me because I looked like a crazy person. I grabbed a sweater and sweatpants out of the clothing to donate pile. The sweater was covered in cat hair and the sweats were two sizes too big and cropped. All I needed was a bag on my head to complete the look…

The race was three laps of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The first mile was downhill followed by a long rolling hill that felt like it was never going to end. By the third time I was pretty sick of the damn hill. The good part is 3 wonderful people stood out there loudly cheering runners on. I think they were with the track club and I enjoyed their enthusiasm.

I did a walk/run after the first 2 miles. I knew I wouldn’t get through running straight since I was still congested and coughing a bit. My time wasn’t too far off from what it would have been had I run the whole race, which made me pretty happy. I wasn’t expecting anywhere near as good a race as I had.

How do you get through races when you aren’t feeling your best?

How do you stay warm pre-race?