the kc zoo run

The Kansas City zoo run is this weekend, but I probably won’t participate.

You may recall that the zoo run was the first organized race in which I participated. It’s special to me because of that- I have so many great memories of that first race!

I just do not feel strong this year. I could participate, and I am sure I could insert frequent walk breaks and finish, but I do not feel like I could finish and feel strong.

Truth is, it’s an extension of the frustration I’ve felt all summer. This has been a BAD season for running. It has been very hot, like triple digit temperatures hot, all summer. And it’s been dry- not even close to our average rainfall.

The allergies have been SO BAD this year. I’m allergic to pollen and mold, but it’s usually not too bad. In years past, it’s really hardly bothered me. On really bad days, I would take a Claritin or Zyrtec, but that would only be once a month, if that.

Not this year. This year, I’ve been just miserable with allergies, EVERY DAY. That’s had a huge effect on my ability to run. On many days, I am afraid to even open the window, much less leave the house, for fear I might have an allergy attack. Running dropped way off the priority list!

For a long time, I refused to take allergy medicine because I was so accustomed to not taking allergy medicine, and because I am careful about what I put in my body. But I was so miserable that I finally just broke down, and now I’m taking an allergy pill every day.

I’m getting back into running, slowly but surely, but I’m not at a point where I feel like I am running strong. I just can’t justify spending $30 on what I am sure will be a so-so run. Better to save money and look towards the next race!