Monday, June 20, 2011

Sudafed, insomnia and a surprisingly good run

Today's run (street): 3.4 miles

I got up early this morning but didn't get out for today's run until almost 1:00 PM. I had a rough night's sleep, probably because I'd taken pseudoephedrine before I'd gone to bed. Sudafed is a great decongestant but it tends to keep me up at night. By 4:50 AM I knew I wasn't going to fall back to sleep and I considered going for a run with my headlamp. However, I was feeling the sleep debt and opted for coffee instead.

Before long, our morning's schedule took priority and I considered just taking Monday as a rest day. I usually skip my workout on Mondays but vacations can change things. Tomorrow's schedule starts early so I questioned whether I'd be able to get out at all on Tuesday. Despite feeling a little tired I changed into my running gear and headed outside, targeting about 30 minutes to run.

I'm happy to say that my sinus headache is gone but I thought I'd have a tough time between the late start time, hot sun and high humidity. The first couple of minutes felt harder than normal but by mile one I'd literally hit my stride. From there I cruised through the rest of my run, taking a different set of roads than I normally follow on a weekday run.

I can't explain why today's run went so well but I will give some credit to my new stride and strike. It's always nice to have a good run when you expect to struggle. It's a far better experience than when it goes the other way.

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