The Uninspired Runner

Maybe this post should be called “The Uninspired Life”

I haven’t had much inspiration with my blog or running or life in general lately.  I have been trying to figure out if it was overtraining or a nutrient that I have been missing or something else.  This is one reason I reduced my running to 19 miles last week compared to almost a 50 mile average week for the month of June.  I also had been really sore so I thought now was as good a time as ever to rest.

Yesterday was dreadful.  I woke up at 2:30AM and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I was grumpy and angry at the world.

I had a thought.  I have been suffering for some time with congestion in my sinuses.  Also a couple of weekends ago I had non-stop headaches.  Last week I had a sore throat for a few days and Sunday I had a really bad headache.  I never get headaches.  I remember my family physician telling me once that a sinus infection can “hide” and a person my not really know that they have one other than tiredness and fatigue.  So, I decided to go to my ENT and get checked out.

Guess what?  I had a sinus infection.

He gave me a steroid shot, an antibiotic shot and a prescription.  I feel so much more human today.  I am alert (I’m sure the shots didn’t hurt in that area) and I am feeling so much better.

I took yesterday off from running as Monday is my normal off day.  Even though I have only run once since Thursday, I figured I should get another day of rest in before picking things back up.  I have been dreading my running for a couple of weeks.  I guess my sinus infection had just worn my body down to the ground and I couldn’t get the energy to enjoy basic things, let alone run.

Today, Lord willing, I start a 45 mile week.  I really want to try for 15 miles for my long run this weekend.  I had hoped to do that 2 weeks ago, but just couldn’t.  Hopefully things will be different this week.

Funny how something so little can have such a big effect on running and life.

I still don’t know how my running will go this week, but at least I am looking forward to it for the first time in almost a month.

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