Run to the Rhythm 2011 recap

That was the scariest run I have ever been on! With that said, let me back up and say I am so glad I hydrated as much as I did the week leading up to the race. We knew it was going to be hot and muggy. I knew I hadn’t prepared as much as I should have, but planned on taking it slow it and steady. What I didn’t plan on was a side effect from a medication that I recently was restarted on a few weeks ago.

I get migraine headaches. I have struggled with migraines for years. But I also get tension headaches that have been triggering more migraine headaches recently. So I was started on a preventative over a year ago. I have never been very good at taking medication, (bad example for being an ER nurse, I know) I would rather change my habits first then resort to medications second. I have tried almost everything and now I am back to medications. We choose the least harmless to me, at least we thought, until yesterday during the the 5k.

I felt good that morning, nice and stretched, my pre-race jitters right on schedule but I was ready to go. There was a nice crowd ~500 registered from 27 states, not bad for a first annual race. Temp was upper 70s but very humid and full sun for 9am. The course started out very shady. But after our first up hill, it was full sun and hot! That’s when I started to feel my head spin, my legs got weak, and I stopped sweating. Not a single bead. Normally I would be thankful but for how hot I felt and knowing we were only a mile and a half in I was worried. My lips were cracked, I had no saliva, I was in trouble of quickly becoming into heat exhaustion. At the water station I tried to drink but threw it up, so took another glass over the top of my head and a third to the front of my shirt. I had several internal arguments in my head about laying down in the grass and stopping but my stubborn self/runner self was yelling “keeping going those feet moving!” I had a big hill coming up that had parts of sun shade mix. I made myself jog in the sunny spots to the shaded areas.

My little guys were at the end of the run and helped run me in. The gave me cold water they were drinking and told mommy not to give up and to keep running! My husband waited and gave up his time wait for me as well coming in just a second before me.

I don’t think I have struggled with anything in my life. I felt like such a wimp. But at the same time I accomplished a challenge. I ended up with a nasty headache for the rest of the day but it was worth it. I’ll keep running. What surprised me the most is my time. I thought for sure it was way worse than my 1st race in May. It wasn’t, I came in at 36:59. Not even a minute more than my May time. Makes me wonder what my time would have been if I had not run into trouble. I guess I will have to keep training to see!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:28:16

    Amazing that you overcame what most would have just given up on. Congrats on finishing the race with a time you are proud of. I hope your headache’s get better and you get the side effects worked through with your medicine. Happy 4th of July


  2. @klwschmidt
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 00:06:39

    Wow that’s scary with showing signs of heat stress! Glad you are OK.

    I suffer from migraines and can’t take the medicine for it bc it makes me seem as if I had a stroke! I black out and everything, crazy!

    Just be careful and stay hydrated!

    Have a great week


  3. Lena
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 03:07:07

    I am so happy you made it, but it does sound pretty scary. Have a great week


  4. Shelley Oswald
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 01:43:25

    you said you felt like a whimp but that could not be FURTHER FROM the truth! you are awe-inspiring. What a scary ordeal! So glad you are ok!!!


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