Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Didn't Expect That When I Woke Up This Morning

I woke up this morning and canceled our Meals on Wheels run because Thumper was acting very sick yesterday afternoon. I couldn't get him a doctor's appointment until this morning, and when we went, the doctor said, no, he's not sick. He has allergies. She gave us free samples of Claritin, but confided that she's had better luck with Zyrtec. After seeing the Zyrtec prices at the drug store, I wish she'd had free samples of those. The Claritin must have worked some, though, because when we got home, Thumper said he wanted to go to the gym. It's nice having someone help me stay motivated by encouraging me to go.

I figured since I worked out yesterday and plan to work out tomorrow, I'd take it easy on myself, maybe give my knees a break and ride one of the recumbent bikes instead of running on the treadmill. But when I got there, I stepped up on the treadmill and thought, "I wonder if I can finish 10K without stopping?"

So I ran 10K non-stop today, for the first time since May! And I was only about a minute and a half behind my best time. I ran a faster second half than first half, and I burned about 1200 calories, earning 13 Activity Points. That's a pretty good day!

Now that I know that I can actually finish a 10K, I think I'm going to alternate between 5 and 10K runs. I'll work on speed on a 0.0 incline on the 10K's and work on increasing the incline on the 5K's.

My headphones shorted out on me halfway through today's run, though. I'm not sure if this was sweat-related damage, but I'll have to replace them, and soon. Who knows what I could have accomplished today if the right song had come along!


anniemcq said...

Way to go! You are, as always, an inspiration. As for the allergies, JH suffers from them too. (I'm pretty sure I do too, although I have never been formally diagnosed, but I get choky and wheezy around certain trees when they shed pollen). Claritin works great for JH. Zyrtec made him really sleepy. Good luck!

I, Rodius said...

Thanks, I'm trying. Thumper prefers the purple, candy-like pill of Claritin over the liquid Zyrtec, but I haven't noticed a huge difference in him on either on.

She Said said...

My kids have such bad allergies, they have to take Zyrtec (it also works better for them) all year. Go to Costco and buy the Kirkland brand. You get twice as much for less than half the price.

Also, get on down with your bad self. That is awesome.

I, Rodius said...

For a couple of days I accidentally gave him Motrin instead of Zyrtec, and I didn't notice any difference at all, so I'm thinking we won't need the Mega-lo-mart 50-gallon bucket of allergy meds after all, though Austin is known for its allergens.

And thanks! I'm feeling pretty good about my athletic performance these days!

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