Back to back race and the stomach flu?
Monday, July 29, 2013
So last time I posted, I mentioned doing back to back running races on Saturday. Starting with a 10k and ending with a 5k. On Friday I started feeling ill and had some stomach issues. By Friday evening I felt better and didn't even think about feeling ill the rest of the day.
Saturday morning comes a long and more stomach issues. Apart from those issues, I felt okay and didn't think running my races was going to be much of an issue.
I wanted to start the 10k off slow and hope to build momentum. This didn't quite happen. I felt restless the entire time. I didn't feel tired, I just didn't feel motivated. I felt like my legs were going but at the same time they weren't. The stomach issues I was having was presenting cramps in my hips and in my back like I've never experienced before. I thought I was going to finish way too slow and miss the 5k race. I didn't finish a slow as I thought I was going to, but I did finish slower than my goal and much slower than my PR.
After the 10k, I had about 18 minutes to re-gather myself. I had some more stomach complications, but apart from that I felt okay. I wasn't out of breath gasping for air like I normally as after race (cause quite frankly my body didn't push itself like it normally does).
By the time the 5k started, my legs had already locked. At this point I told myself I am just going to finish it out. I had no plans on setting PRs in either race. My goal was just to do the craziness of running back to back races. Which I did!
To my shock, I even placed in my age group in both races. I got 2nd in the 10k and 3rd in the 5k.
After my races I went home and took a nap. I woke with the fever and still looking like I had just ran a race. This followed my throughout the day as well as extreme sensitivity to change in temperature. If I went from inside to outside, I almost felt like I was going to faint.
The next day I decided to go to skate practice. I figured if Ihad a fever, the best thing to do is sweat it out. My legs felt surprisingly amazing considering all the running I did before. The only issue was that my body was cold the entire time. I was sweating but my body temperature never rose. It was just a weird feeling. The rest of the day I felt okay (apart from having no appetite) until I sat outside for too long and felt bad again.
This morning I feel terrible. I went from thinking that maybe I just ate something bad to thinking I may have the flu. The worst thing is that the flu always hits me hard and if that is what it is, I haven't reached the worst yet.
I'm really praying this all goes away soon. I'm my bosses only employee and cannot take off days from work.