Had my day off plans not been thwarted by what appears to be viral gastroenteritis, I wouldn’t have been able to write this post. However, seeing as I’m holed up in bed forcing some pedialyte down me and deciding whether or not I want to take dramamine (side effect: drowsiness), I have a hot sec to write a little something for my loyal contingent of readers who I am sure were so worried as to why I had not written anything as of late. I know everyone was dying to read some crazy thinks.
Anyways, here goes:
So, the 10K I ran ended up being the Miles for Migraines 8.7K or 8.9K or something like that. The exact distance depended upon whose Garmin you asked – I think it was around 5.5 or 5.7 miles. It didn’t really matter much to me. I more wanted something to motivate me to put in a hard effort. Sometimes after a long day at work, which can be emotionally tiring particularly when you are trying to impress on an away elective, I can’t muster up the energy to put in 100% of what I usually could. While it is my 100% for that day and considering the circumstances, the times are often slower and I lack that ability to get myself to that “omg this is way uncomfortable” state.
It was an interesting race experience in that there were no mile markers (and I wasn’t wearing a Garmin; never do in races) so I had no external feedback on how fast or slow I was going. It was actually kind of a fun game to rely solely on your body’s internal signals; I guess I’d call it a game of “How Well Do You Know Yourself?” or something akin to one of those trust fall exercises. I had to trust that the amount at which I pushed myself was appropriate.
I ended up running something like 5.5 or 5.7 miles in 42:26, which at best would be 7:27 average pace and at worst 7:43 average pace. Sounds good to me. Go, self.
One final thing – seeing as this was a small race, I was up in the front group of girls. Turns out, the competitive fire is still there. At one point, I remember seeing some girl not looking so good and thinking “ha! I got her! poker face – don’t let her see you sweat.”
Seriously, self? Stop it.
It would’ve made a “What’s Up Wednesday” if I had time to do that. It’s beating out the Starbuck’s Blonde Roast…
I WANT TO GO ON A NATIONAL PARK HIKING VACAY BEFORE GRADUATION:
In concordance with my current nature flow, before graduation (I have the month of April free), I thought it might be fun to explore some places in the US I’ve never been to. This, however, requires means for travel and travel buddies, neither of which I have…yet…
FUTURE DOCTORS MAKE BAD PATIENTS:
I took call on labor and delivery yesterday, which happened to fun despite no deliveries! I actually had a surprising amount of energy after being there for 13 hours – went for a 40 min run after (usually, I’m very tired). I knew I was going to be on all day Saturday so last week I made it my priority to get presentations and such for this week done. Why? Well, I wanted to go to Santa Cruz today to, first, cheer on RC and RCF at Wharf to Wharf and then follow it up with this run: http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/bbrdo.html
I mean, does it get any better? Beach to river to waterfall and back?!
Unfortunately, my body had other ideas as I woke up around 4 am with nausea, vomiting (x3), diarrhea (x2), and some subjective chills although I seriously doubt I have a fever.
Seems like I have viral gastroenteritis – AWESOME!
I was hoping after cleansing my stomach and bowels of seemingly everything I ate in the past few days that I would be good to go by 7 am. As much as I tried to muster up the energy and pretend I wasn’t nauseous, it was pretty apparent by the fact that I sat in the bathroom from 7-7:45 am that a day trip and long run might not be the best idea.
So, sure I’m bummed and even texted a real Doctor (Dr. Lesko in the house!) to confirm that I wasn’t “being a baby” and that “I should probably stay home and drink fluids.” Confirmed and reminder that “I have plenty of long runs in my future.”
So, here is my current dilemma. I am working 24 hours Thursday then am done! I have Friday off, but will probably want to sleep. I also have Saturday off. I am running the SF 5K on Sunday. I’m contemplating possibly sabotaging my 5K and doing this run/hike (12 miles) on Saturday. I’ll still try to race the 5K, it may just be on tired legs and it may not be a stellar time.
Hmm, what do the masses think? Rest and go for the 5K or hike and still run 5K, but probably not with fresh legs.
TELL ME: HIKE OR NO HIKE DAY BEFORE 5K? HAD GASTROENTERITIS RECENTLY? IT IS VERY FUN.
Until next time…