Day 80 – Wheezing and sneezing

21 03 2010

On this sunny Sunday I was back in running shorts watching the snowman we built yesterday quickly melt in the park across the street. I was thrilled to find tulip and daffodil stems popping up a few inches in the backyard beds when the snow had cleared.

With new blooms, allergies arrived too. I felt bad most of the day with a scratchy throat and stuffy head. I made myself get out to clear some brush from the flower beds, so the sun can find the tulips, and then did my planned 8-mile run, knowing that Sundays — especially in this great weather — are the best chance I get for long runs.

The first 3 miles felt sluggish as I tried to breathe and not think about how bad I felt. By mile 4 my thoughts were finally drifting away from my physical run and I knew I could make it to 8 miles with a pretty average time.

Today completed week 8 of my half-marathon plan, with 8 more weeks to go. I’m over 18 miles this week for the first time and hoping to be rid of my sneezing to get to a 9-mile run next weekend that will take me to 20 miles for week 9.

Off now to snuggle into my bed for the final chapters of Born to Run for inspiration…

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