Work has kept me very busy this week and may be responsible for the crappy way I'm feeling today.
I have been fighting a head cold since I ran through the night with Reese in his Ultra. After that run I hit the van for some sleep and woke up with severe allergy problems. I thought it was just because I was drained and I was in the Texas woods. It seems I've never really gotten rid of those problems. My head was stuffed every night this week and I had trouble sleeping. Add this to a late night on Tuesday and it pushed my body over the edge into a full blown head cold. I suppose I didn't have time to have a cold Thursday so it waited until Friday to fully set in. My eyes are itchy and red and my head feels like a lead balloon.
I was able to get a run in Thursday night. 4 miles around my house ending at the gym where I took full advantage of the wonders of the hot tub. God bless hot tubs and all the joyous bubbly goodness they offer.
Friday I had way to many hours to stay at work all day so I took off after lunch and headed for the Oklahoma ocean known as Lake Hefner. I was under the influence of many different cold and allergy pills so my head felt pretty good. I decided I'd run a full lap and just spend the day on the trails. Those blessed Oklahoma wind Gods were giving us their best out of the SouthWest so it made for some difficult and slow running. But it was running none the less and I was happy to be able to do it. I got my 9 miles in with some very slow running and some even slower walking.
Once I made it home the full force of the my cold hit and I was out. I fell asleep around 5, woke up every now and then, but was basically worthless for the rest of the evening. At some point I took some Nyquil and lost consciousness in a recliner. I woke up around 1 AM and felt worse.
I was planning to run 12 miles with the training group this morning but never made it out of the chair until late morning still feeling bad. No running for Willie today. We'll see how tomorrow works out.
I hope to get back on a normal schedule very soon. I should be worried about what kind of time I'm going to run at the OKC Memorial Marathon but what I really want, what I really miss is that feeling of being able to train the way I want to. To go out and run speedwork or a tempo run and not worry about every little pain I feel. To run around a turn at full stride. To be in the middle of a run and not have to resist the urge to pick up the pace when the feeling hits. I want to chase those demons away again, outrun them and leave them behind. I want my heart back.
I'll get there. Baby steps, baby steps.
Thanks for listening