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Running Slump

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I feel like I’ve been struggling lately with my exercise. I feel like everytime I go out for a run I am forcing myself to do it lately. I’m still doing it and getting it done, but I hate that feeling of constantly watching my watch to see what mile I’m on to see if I’m done yet. I think part of it has to do with springtime allergies. Living in VA every year when spring comes my allergies flare up like crazy, and I have yet to find something that completely helps. I get congested, my ears hurt, my teeth hurt, but it’s also hard to breath. I’ve been cycling through allergy meds trying to find stuff that helps (allegra-D keeps me up all night, so right now I’m trying Flo-nase, which seems to be helping the most). I feel like it takes double the effort to run now though and I’m starting to almost dread it. I can be on mile 1 and my lungs will hurt and I’ll get a stich in my side because it’s so hard to breath. I’m starting to become one of those people that is scared of anyone mowing their yards, I’ll have nightmares of cut grass attacking me in my sleep! emoticon

Another reason I’m just not finding myself not being able to get into it as much is the weather is getting so nice and I want to spend it outside playing with my kids after work. We’ve been playing a lot of baseball in the yard and I’d rather spend the time with them then run. I think what I need to do is dust off the bikes so that we can do more active stuff as a family. Not that baseball isn’t active, but for me it’s a lot of pitching and catching, not as much energy expense if I’m skipping out on exercise for the day.

I’m finding it weird that the only run I look forward to anymore is my long run on Sundays where I can tune out for a couple of hours. I think this may be because I’m not in a hurry because I’m not rushing to fit this in around the workday plus I do this inside on the treadmill and avoid most of the pollen. In the end I know I need to avoid the excuses and fix my mindset; everyone deals with allergies, and my kids understand that I am training for a half marathon and I can’t play with them every night after work. emoticon

Sorry for the blahh blog….good news, it’s almost the end of the week, the weekend is almost here! emoticon
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  • NHES220
    Hate to tell you this but it might be time to see an asthma/allergy specialist. That is what I did. I thought for sure I had allergies. I was constantly with a runny nose and congestion in my throat that made me cough and made it hard for me to run. I ended up having a chronic sinus infection and chronic bronchitis. I think I really have some exercise induced asthma. She put me on inhalers and I am much improved. It might be worth looking into.
    1982 days ago
    You may see this as a blah blog, but I saw your innate humor lurking in it!! My allegies come and go, but having a remodel done inside has made so much dust and I am really struggling. I tried Nasacourt (sp?) the other brand than nase.... It has actually helped me a great deal! Wondering if you are considering the inflatable obstacle 5K in Richmond? Can't remember the date, but will try to remember to look it up and let you know. I don't run, being blind and all, but plan to walk a 3k on the 25th for Autism and thinking of checking out that obstacle run and walk it fast and just have fun! Wishing the return of your running spirit and relief!! I think family biking sounds like a fabulous idea! maybe just get out of your head and into the run?
    1982 days ago
    Yes! Dust off the bikes! Maybe the kids can ride with you while you run? Biking is also good cross training for you. :)
    1982 days ago
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