Checking Out

My body has packed its bags and is floating in a geothermal pool. I leave for Iceland tonight and the timing couldn’t be better. After what I thought was a sufficient post-ultra recovery period, I ramped my training back up and quickly felt the effects of too much, too soon.

I actually thought I had recovered from my sinus infection, but Wednesday’s swim attempt revealed otherwise. I’ve learned to listen to my body and interpret whether the complaints are just whining or really genuine. I know that when I’m underwater and feel like I’m inside a plastic bag, it’s time to stop.

I should have seen the signs on Sunday. I ran an easy 6 miler to see how my legs felt. The legs were fine but my head was so full of gunk I started overheating. It was a humid morning and I felt like I was running in a sauna. A water break and removing my shirt helped, but I should have known then I wasn’t fully recovered.

On Monday I went to yoga. Yowza, I was tight. Then I went for a 25 mile bike ride, which felt great, but soon after I felt really, really tired. I fell asleep on the couch around 4. I was planning to swim in the evening, but I found out my coach was out of town and I decided to bail. Just as well, because my husband was out biking with a teammate who blew a tire and didn’t have the right spare (read more about his adventures at, so he wouldn’t have been back in time for me to hand off the kids anyway.

After strength training on Tuesday I decided to do a tempo run. On a hilly route. I decided to do that because Wine Country Half Marathon, which is coming up sooner than I’d like, will be hilly. I sweated and wheezed and puffed and cursed VDOT or whoever is responsible for turning part of the path I run into a rocky mudslide, and only hit tempo pace for one of the five miles. Granted, I don’t expect to hit the pace this entire run because it is so hilly, but my performance isn’t usually this pathetic or exhausting.

Looking back, I realize I have fallen asleep – unintentionally – almost every afternoon for the past week. And I haven’t been sleeping well at night, either. Now my body has moved beyond hinting at needing a break and has checked into a nice hotel. I’m off to pack my bags and follow suit. See ya in 5 days!


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Runner, triathlete, writer
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