Monday, June 30, 2014
Nursing slight knee pain, I think caused by lack of stability so I wore my Brooks instead of Saucony's and my feet definitely felt more stable. I'm sitting here now with an ice pack around my knee, and will apply heat tonight before bed. I am incredibly paranoid that when I get older, I could be one of so many people that tell me they used to run but had to quit because of their knees. That has always been my most feared running injury, so even though it is not that bad at all, I am going to be a bit uneasy until I have zero pain. I guess, sure, it would make sense if I was so worried to take a break from running, but if I don't have to, why would I?!? :)
I've been having such really weird things happen to me health wise in the last few months. The horrible stomach pain leading to gall bladder removal was the first. Then last week, out of the blue, I had the most incredible thirst I've had in my life! In about two and a half hours, I drank probably 5 bottled waters. After each bottle I was still thirsty but because I had drank do much so fast, it felt like I would vomit if I kept drinking. That subsided, but was replaced with this horrible fatigue. It was all so crazy and sudden and severe enough that I went to the doctor. My regular family medicine doctor wasn't available so I saw the other one for the first time. She diagnosed me with a salt deficiency but didn't run a blood test or suggest or prescribe sodium tablets. I loathe salt and do not purposely avoid any at all, I just don't like anything to taste salty. But my last blood test was very near a salt deficiency, but still in the normal range, so I'm guessing she went by that, no clue. Her advice to me was to start eating salty snacks and drink more water. I did that and gained 4 pounds in one week! So...I am back to my regular diet. It's never given me a problem before and honestly? I'm not 100% sold on her diagnosis. She gave me no proof. But... I am totally recovered now, yet who is to say it is because I followed her advice?
I absolutely love love love running when it is lightly sprinkling outside! Doesn't really get you wet, yet I stay cool because of the cloud cover and there is usually a cool light breeze along with it. I wonder what other runners preferred weather conditions are? Of course if it is sprinkling, there is always that chance it will turn into a downpour at the exact moment I am halfway from my house!! At least it forces me to complete my full run no matter how hard it rains, so there is a positive!!:)