My last run prior to the Great Illness of 2015 was exactly four weeks and two days ago. I woke up with a sore throat exactly four weeks and one day ago, followed by a month of bronchitis and lung inflammation that prevented me from getting a decent breath, much less running.
Today, I am more than thrilled to announce, I got to run again!!
I ran 3.72 miles, and it just FELT like it had been a month since I ran! My legs felt heavy, and I absolutely had to push myself.
At 0.82 miles, I paused to wait for traffic to clear, and was overcome by a wave of dizziness and nausea. I’m not unfamiliar with dizziness, although usually I only feel that at the end of a race – after I’ve pushed myself to the limit, and maxed out my blood pressure, so to speak. I was mildly surprised to feel it during an easy training run. I haven’t felt the nausea in awhile, but luckily it wasn’t too severe.
My apologies to the driver in the silver minivan who stopped to let me cross the street ahead of him. That was quite kind of you, but I wasn’t going anywhere until I’d gathered my wits.
I paused at around 1.85 miles to take a photo, and I was hit by another wave of dizziness – not nearly as bad as the first, but I paused for a moment here as well.
On my way home, I happened to see this laying by the side of the road:
A small tube-type television with an attached VCR. What a relic!
I’m thankful that I got out for a run today, though I’m a bit disappointed that it was as difficult as it was. I was hoping that my muscles hadn’t broken down too much in the past month. Apparently I was wrong! Oh well – it’s good to get out there again, and I’ll work myself back into fitness!