Shamrock Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10

Just when I thought Shamrock training was going really well (almost too well, maybe that thought caused me to jinx myself), I faced a huge setback this past week.  Remember last February when I wound up in the hospital?  No, I wasn’t in the hospital this past week, but I started experiencing many of the same symptoms that caused me to wind up there almost a year ago (February 28th marks one year), just not to the same degree.

Wednesday evening I had planned on doing yoga, but I had a horrible headache when I got home from work.  The essays that I had planned to grade continued to sit on my dining room table, and my yoga mat stayed rolled up.  I rested on the couch, hoping to sleep it off.

But Thursday morning I woke up still in pain.  This wasn’t one of my usual headaches or migraines, and I started to worry that I was headed down a bad path.  I’ve been under an immense amount of stress, mostly work related, and my long days haven’t been helping.  Ironic that I just wrote my “Day in the Life” post last week, huh?

I drove to work, and to make a long story short, had to have Preston come pick me up mid morning.  Neither he, an Assistant Principal, or I thought I was in a safe enough condition to drive.  Thankfully, I was able to get an emergency appointment with my doctor, and we met with him mid-afternoon.  He prescribed me with high dose pain meds and anti-inflammatory to help provide me with relief, and strict orders to figure out how to reduce the stress that I’m currently facing.  Part of his prescription includes orders to exercise in order to help relieve the stress that I’m under.  My only limitation is that, just like last February, my left hand is very weak again (its the same side of the body where all of my head pain is), and since I couldn’t even open the refrigerator with my left hand on Friday, upper body weight training is on hold for the time being.

This past week wasn’t the week I expected to have, but I’m thankful that I was able to notice the signs and avoid what could have been a worse situation.  In the coming weeks, I’ll be working through how to reduce my stress in an effort to hopefully minimize my headaches.  And although I took several unplanned rest days, I’m also thankful that I felt up to still completing my long run on Sunday, albeit at a slower pace than my recent runs have been at.

I'm so glad that Preston ran with me yesterday.  I'm not sure I would have been able to do it without him by my side.

I’m so glad that Preston ran with me yesterday. I’m not sure I would have been able to do it without him by my side.

Mon 1/19 – 1.64 mile walk with Riley

Tues 1/20 – 3.30 mile run on the treadmill, 0.41 mile cool down walk, abs

Wed 1/21 – Rest day

Thurs 1/22 – Rest day

Fri 1/23 – Rest day

Sat 1/24 – 2.19 mile walk with Riley

Sun 1/25 – 9.53 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.19 mile cool down walk

Total Weekly Mileage – 17.26 miles (5.35 miles more than week 9)

Total Shamrock Training Mileage – 126.05 miles

QOTD: How do you manage stress?

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24 Responses to Shamrock Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10

  1. Jennifer says:

    Sorry to hear about the stress and the return of your symptoms. When I didn’t see some of your IG workout posts I worried a bit! Glad you were able to see your doctor, take care!

  2. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. Take care of yourself!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  3. Oh Kathryn! Sorry to hear about this but so glad you recognized the signs! Take care of yourself girl!

  4. Chaitali says:

    Yikes! I’m sorry this is happening again but it’s great you recognized the signs and can hopefully nip it in the bud. I’m sorry I don’t have any tips for managing stress 😦 Oe thing I’ve found is that it’s important to ask for help when needed.

  5. I’m trying to figure out how to manage stress… I kind of just shut down haha. Yoga really helps me, though!

  6. Lesley says:

    If I’m feeling overwhelmed, I do my stress yoga DVD every night to help me wind down. The breathing and easy stretching helps me calm down enough that I can sleep that night. It’s good you recognized what was going on and I hope you find out why it’s happening.

  7. Sorry to hear about your week. That it surely no fun. For being sick earlier in the week you sure had a great long run. Hope you are taking it easy and recovering well.

  8. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    So sorry to hear this! I use exercise as my stress relief. I’m a very high stress person as well. I also like to destress with a hot lavender bath at night. Have you tried essential oils? There are some that have been shown to help with lessening symptoms of stress!

  9. jenzenator says:

    Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well! Stress is a beeyotch! Hope you’re feeling better.

  10. oh no! hope you’re feeling better!!

  11. i’m sorry to hear this, kathryn! i find that prayer helps me most (typically praying WHILE i’m running really works) when i’m very stressed out. i will be keeping you in my thoughts!

  12. i hope you are feeling better! for me, when I am stressed, I try my hardest to sleep well, make sure I am drinking water and eating as healthy as possible and try not to skip my workouts

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