I ran this past weekend's half marathon sick. I didn't feel well at all after the race and spent the rest of the day at home, resting. I made sure to drink some tea, eat some soup, and get some rest. The next day my energy levels were really drained. I was supposed to go to a super bowl party but I wasn't feeling up to it. I decided to go to my sister's house. The strength it took me to get up, get ready, and drive over there was ridiculous. I just felt so weak and tired. I contributed this to being sick. We all hung out, but I was exhausted. And hungry. I wound up falling asleep at the house, and was too tired to even drive home. I stayed, and drove home in the morning.
Work the next day just dragged for me, and again I was just exhausted. I still contributed this to being sick. That night I didn't get much sleep and woke up for an rely work day Tuesday. Then I headed over to World of Beer to meet Sara for a group run. I was tired, but I was going to get my run in. I thought my energy levels might have been low because I hadn't been running or working out much lately. I was going to change that.
The run started and I just wasn't feeling it. I didn't want to "run". I felt tired, and sluggish, and I remember thinking "why do I even do this?" pretty much the whole time I was running. I just couldn't wait to be done. I could have stopped running and walked back. Or stopped before the halfway point and turned around, but I still got in my 3 miles - that I was determined for. But it wasn't a fun 3 miles. It wasn't running as usual.
I got back to the bar, grabbed some of the pasta, and had a beer. I'm not much of a beer fan but I've been trying one every week I've been there so far. Some aren't too bad.
I talked to a few runners for a while, then headed to Tijuana Flats for some tacos. It was taco Tuesday after all. And I was hungry! I ate my tacos and headed home.
Wednesday morning I woke up early planning on getting some stuff around the house done, but I was still so exhausted. I made plans to meet Anna after work for a run. I felt like I was loosing my mojo, and she wanted to run with me to help me find it. We were going to try to find a new place to run and mix things up a bit. Work was busy. And the day seemed like it took forever to end. When it was over I came home to change, but again, I was exhausted. I decided to listen to my body and rest. I thought I might be able to wake up this morning for a run, but I didn't set an alarm to see how much sleep I actually needed. I wound up falling asleep around 10 and woke up about 7am.
And that brings me to now. I'm STILL feeling tired and exhausted with no motivation. I'm not sure what to contribute this too. I know I've been doing A LOT lately. I've run 8 half marathons and a full since the end of October. Work has been busy, and I always have a crazy schedule. I've been busy on a personal level too, I feel like I've been doing more than usual. And I've been a little stressed as well, and haven't been getting the best nights sleep. On top of all of that we're not allowed to eat at work anymore (besides breaks of course), but I usually get hungry all the time and like to graze on things throughout the day. I wonder if this is making a difference as well.
I have a race coming up this weekend which should be a fun, energetic race - Rock n Roll St. Pete. From what I've heard about last years, and my experience in Vegas, it should be a good time. I think considering how I've been feeling I'm going to go into it for fun. I'm not going to have a time goal or try to race - I'm just going to have fun with it, and see what happens. Then I need to just listen to my body and try to figure out what is causing this exhaustion.
Wish me luck!