I’m supposed to be limiting my time on electronics this weekend (I’ll explain at the end of this post) but fortunately I had written most of this recap Friday to get a head start. I’ll keep it short and sweet, I promise!
Here’s my weekly recap of training to run Grandma’s Marathon with my sister Erin on June 17:
Monday: I woke up to snow/rain mix, so I decided to save my run until after work. 9.1 miles at an 8:46 average, made up of some 1200m repeats. I was sad to be wearing pants and multiple top layers on May 1. Brrrr!
Tuesday: 5.3 easy miles with Matilda before work.
Wednesday: Rest day from running; 1 hour barre class at the Barre in Edina
Thursday: Track! My friend Lindsey and I headed to a nearby high school track, as we both had 400m repeats. It was so fun to do them on a track! It made it go by much faster. 2 miles to warm-up. 6x400m with 90 second recovery, 2 miles to cool-down. 7.1 miles total.
Friday: 7.1 miles at a 9 min/mile average before work.
Throughout the day, I started to feel really sick but I thought maybe it was just something I ate and that it would pass. I was determined to make it to my friend Tricia’s 40th birthday happy hour at Wayzata Brew Works after work. We did make it for about an hour, but unfortunately I was continuing to feel sicker. (So sorry Tricia we couldn’t stay longer!)
Long story short, I have some sort of stomach bug and it escalated quickly through Friday night to Saturday. I barely slept Friday night, skipped the long run on Saturday morning (which I never do), and hoped that more sleep would help.
It was such a beautiful day yesterday, so around 11 am I thought maybe the fresh air would help (wishful thinking). I put on my running clothes, grabbed Matilda’s running leash, and she and I headed out the door. I barely made it a 1/2 mile before I called it quits. I came back and laid down for a bit, feeling sorry for myself…Then I got into the shower and started to feel really light headed; next thing I knew, I woke up on the floor of the shower (with a lot of blood, it was scary) and Matilda had pushed her way into the shower and was nudging/licking my face trying to wake me up (seriously- that dog is the BEST. She’s like Lassie. Saved the day). I have no idea how long I was unconscious; I’m thinking maybe Matilda heard a noise when I fell which is why she came to check on me.
Dustin was at Home Depot (of course) but I managed to call him to try to explain what happened (as I lay on the bathroom floor). He rushed home and took me to Urgent Care. Apparently I had passed out because I was severely dehydrated (from being sick). When I fell, I mostly hit my chin, which needed fifteen stitches. I also hit my eyebrow, forehead, and must have landed on my wrist, as its very tender, but not broken. I have to monitor for signs of a concussion. If I do have a mild concussion, limiting time on electronics is recommended.
It was a scary incident, but it could have been a lot worse. When I came to, I figured I had lost some teeth or something, but the biggest injury is the gash on my chin. I’m so glad Tilda was there and that Dustin wasn’t too far away.
I am taking a few more days off of running of course. I won’t be doing much of anything for the next few days, except reading books- and I can’t even use my Kindle, I have to buy some new hard copy books. Any recommendations? I just finished “Luckiest Girl Alive” which I really liked and started “Evicted” (non-fiction) which is also good. I’m not really supposed to watch TV either, though I have watched some.
In summary, the week didn’t end quite the way that I had hoped. It was also a strong reminder that dehydration is very serious! Even though my situation had nothing to do with running, dehydration could do the same thing to you after a really hot run. So be careful…If you start to feel light-headed in the shower, turn off the water and sit down. Dustin mentioned that he felt similar after Boston this year and got out of the shower to lay down for a bit. The doctor at Urgent Care said people pass out in the shower A LOT- it happens at gyms quite a bit. So hopefully sharing my story will be helpful for others.
Time to log off ‘electronics’ for awhile. I hope your weekend was much better than mine!
Be sure to join Jess and me for our link-up.
Jessie – that is SO SCARY!!! I am glad you are okay. As far as book suggestions, have you considered audiobooks? I love listening to them! I recently listened to “The Girl On The Train” and it was great!
Thanks Jess. It was scary but fortunately everything is fine.
I listen to podcasts in the car (currently listening to S-town) but just haven’t got into listening to audiobooks or listening outside of when I’m driving 🙂
I loved Girl on the Train, but haven’t watched the movie yet…you?
I cannot believe that you woke up to snow earlier this week! Mother Nature is crazy.
OMG – that is so scary! I am so glad that you are alright but I cannot imagine how scared you must have been in that moment. I’m glad that you will be taking a few days off to rest after that incident.
I know, snow in the beginning of the week and 75 and sunny this weekend. Nuts!
It was a scary experience when I woke up, but I am grateful that nothing worse happened.
Fainting is such a frightening sensation! I hope you feel better soon.
I second the audiobook recommendation. I borrow them for free from the library via the Overdrive app on my phone–so easy!
Thanks Katie- I will check into the Overdrive app. Any good ones you’ve “listened” too lately?
Pretty much any new release book (and lots of older ones) is available via Overdrive, although sometimes there’s a waitlist. I’ve also enjoyed listening to sports/running-related books while running (like “Born to Run,” “Ultramarathon Man,” “Marathon Woman,” “Wild,” Simone Biles’ biography, etc.). I’m currently listening to “The Red Thread,” which I’m enjoying so far!
Great suggestions, thanks Katie!
Super scary!! Thank goodness Matilda was there and Dostin was close by. I get faint at the sight of blood so I can’t even imagine coming to and seeing that. Glad you’re okay and taking time to rest.
Thanks so much Jen- yes, scary, but now that it’s behind me, I realize how much worse it could have been. Just a messed up chin for awhile 🙁
Jessie – so glad you are ok, and how sweet of Matilda to come look after you. Dogs are the best. Hope you are fully recovered quickly.
Here are some of my favorite books/audiobooks of the past couple years: All The Light We Cannot See, All The Birds Singing, Church of Marvels, Underground Railroad, and Between the World and Me. I use Overdrive all the time – it’s a great convenient resource.
Thanks Eric, I’m fine, but no running for the week. Dogs seriously ARE the best 🙂 She was super snuggly as I recovered too.
Thanks for the recommendations! The only one you mentioned that I already read is All the Light We Cannot See. Definitely checking out the rest 🙂
What a scary thing to happen. Thank goodness for Matilda.
Take care of yourself and I ope you feel better soon x
Thanks Allison. Was definitely scary…my weekly recap next week will be pretty lame 🙂
Oh my goodness I am so glad you were okay. And bravo zulu to your sweet heroic dog!!!!!! I cant believe how smart she was, trying to save you!
Just take it easy and i hope youre feeling better this week.
Thanks Eri- yes bravo Zulu to Matilda! She’s the best.
OMG! How scary and awful! I’m so glad you weren’t more seriously hurt. And Matilda is a hero!
Thank you Stacy- she is quite the dog
Oh my! That is so scary. I am so glad you are okay! Your sweet doggie deserves extra belly rubs for life.
She does- she’s spoiled but obviously she’s worth it!
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