Thursday, November 27, 2008

No Turkey Trotting

No Turkey Trotting for me this morning. I'm so disappointed. Our local YMCA hosts an annual 5 or 10k Turkey Trot race every Thanksgiving. We ran it last year and I was looking forward to running it again this year.

And the worst part? No one wanted to do it this year but me. Gene is out of shape and hasn't done anything remotely related to exercise since the triathlon in August. So, he didn't want to do it. My parents, who were going to walk it, had decided last night not to do it. Well, I should say that my Dad didn't want to do it and my Mom wasn't doing it without him. So, I worked my magic on them all and as of last night had Gene talked into it. We were going to take the kids in the jogging stroller (which might have been the last year to do so since they're getting so big).

Before dinner last night I took a Mucinex D because I was so congested that my teeth actually hurt. I'm not a fan of cold medicine and never take it, ever. But, I was desperate last night as I wanted to run in the race today and knew I wouldn't be able to do so with the pressure in my sinuses. So, I took one. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it doesn't have the normal side effects that I typically experience with cold medicine. No crazy fast heartbeat, no dizziness or foggy head, etc. I was happy. It seemed to be helping with the pressure too so I was feeling good about being able to run today.

Unfortunately, one side effect showed its ugly face. Insomnia. I was up at 12:30, 1:45, 2:30, 3:45 and 4:30. Each time I awoke, I also needed to blow my nose, which meant getting out of bed. It was awful. So, at 6:30 when Gene woke me up to get ready for the race, I just couldn't do it. I was still congested (though not as bad) but I was/ am exhausted. Then, the phone rings at 7:30 and it's my Mom saying that they decided to go and would meet us there. How awful do you think I felt? I talked everyone into going and then I'm the one who cancels. My Mom told me not to feel bad because my Dad was just doing it out of guilt and was happy I cancelled. But, I still felt bad.

So, here it is, 15 minutes since the start of the race, and it's a gorgeous morning. Even though it's freezing, the sun is out and it's the perfect morning for a run. Ugh. I know I wouldn't enjoy it this morning as I still can't breathe. But, I can't help but wish I was there. I guess I just need to get over it and enjoy the day.

Once the weather gets colder and we turn the heat on, I suffer all winter with my sinuses. It's awful. And, it's ever since we moved into this new house with its forced hot air heat. It dries me out and all of the saline spray in the world doesn't seem to help. I told Gene I wanted to whole house humidifier for Christmas. That's how bad it is.

But, it's Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for. First, I have a house that has heat. And, I'm watching the Thanksgiving Day parade with my two beautiful children. Life is good, even with sinus congestion.

1 comment:

The Roses said...

oh, that's too bad! i totally sympathize!! jon and i ran the trot and it is such a great way to start thanksgiving. hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday despite not feel well.