I truly believe that it is only a matter of time before I have a barf inducing run. Not that I am excited about this…but the nausea seems to be hitting me on these fast runs!
Today I had speed work on the schedule – 10 x 2:00 fast with 2:00 of recovery in between. My chance to run was after work today, but as the clock ticked toward the end of the day there were some nasty looking clouds in the sky. I shut my computer down and took off just in case the heavens decided to open up anytime soon. I felt not too bad on the warm up and the first few intervals went not too bad. Somewhere around interval #3 I got a bit of a stitch in my abdomen. I probably noticed it more on the easy bits than on the hard ones though.
To keep my head in the game I’d try to pump up each interval. “YEAH!! Interval #6!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!” It helped me keep track and it did keep me motivated. I cranked some half decent intervals out. By interval #7 I developed a pain in my shoulder blade (nothing unusual, happens on fast runs from time to time). And queue the nausea… Yuck… But I still keep running fast, just a bit more walking on my recovery to bring my heart rate down.
After interval #8 I am close to the YMCA so I detour there for a stop at their water fountain. As I leave there is a guy walking out who drops his sunglasses. I get his attention but I don’t bend down to grab his glasses for two reasons - #1) There would have been a good chance that we would have head butted if we both bent down. I suppose it could have been the start to a cute romantic comedy, but I chose to avoid the potential knock out… #2) It would not have been graceful, and I may not have been able to stand back up properly! Anyhow, this guy looks at me with a very concerned look as he grabs his glasses. “Oh my gawd, are you okay?” he asks me. I must have looked like I was about to keel over! I told him that I was in the middle of speed work and that it wasn’t always fun.
Two more intervals left to go… #9 went really well but I was so tired by #10! No energy left in my legs at all. It was hard to believe that two minutes could feel so long… Finally it was up, then it was a quick cool down run back to the office. I can say without a doubt that this week’s speed session went a lot better than last week’s!