The last week hasn’t been great, or I should say it has had some rather tremendous lows and a couple of highs at least where running and general health is concerned.
After Friday’s run with Lisa McKenna Brown on 9 October I was gutted that I couldn’t do park run because I had a day school for uni but I was appeased by the fact that I would be out running again in the week. Well those plans were scuppered when I became ill on Thursday. It actually started Wednesday night with some heartburn (clearly pregnancy related) which meant I didn’t feel hungry but I managed to eat dinner that night but then I felt so dizzy I had to stay in bed and rest. On the Thursday morning I didn’t feel any better and in fact felt worse and was even sick. I was actually so sick that I couldn’t even keep water down. Now I think you know me by now and I’m not someone who copes well being ill or incapacitated in anyway. That evening Andy drove me to the stables to bring Libby in. I bumped into Tina (the yard owner’s daughter) and asked if I could put Libby on full livery. I think its the first time I haven’t looked after her in years. She said she would happily bring her in now but I said I would be fine. She walked out with me as I went to the car to get the stable rent, as I was doing this I started to feel nauseous again. She said she would get Libby and I thanked her and then threw up at the side of the car….well I threw up more water as clearly there was nothing left in me. Disgusting!… and then I started to cry. I waited until Tina came past with Libby before I would get in the car. Andy was so sympathetic with me. Bless. I have to say though being a passenger in a car when you feel sick has to be one of the worst experiences ever..especially when you car has the suspension of a pillow.
So it was home to bed again. Thursday’s running with Lisa had been cancelled and then my glorious Thursday evening with Vicky Chapman also had to be cancelled. I really hate hate hate being sick.
Friday morning I felt fine, well not 100% but certainly so much better than Thursday. But as the midwife had told me to take it easy for the day I had to phone in sick again. I sunk into the sofa for the first part of the day and still didn’t feel really capable of doing much but managed to prop myself up by the afternoon. So yes as I say not 100% but much better.
Saturday morning I felt on top of the world so I set my sights on completing my 47th Park run at Warrington, Victoria Park. I was so surprised actually at how fresh I felt. Perhaps that’s because I hadn’t run for 8 days. I can’t believe that….not running for 8 days. (I did however manage to ride Libby on the Wednesday before I became sick so I didn’t feel that I had missed out on exercise completely).
There did seem to be a shortage of people I knew at the start of the race although I did manage to quickly catch up with Sarah Leigh. Looking forward to eventually having a chat with her about how she started running a few months after the birth of her third baby.
The thing is as I wasn’t actually expecting anything of myself having been sick I hadn’t anticipated getting anywhere near a 30 minute time. I was very pleased with a 30.51 time and very comfortably at that. It was actually the 2nd and 3rd kilometre that I slowed down on and was actually speeding up towards the end where I started to feel like I had warmed up and was ready to clock in some more miles. I was so happy to be back running again. Lisa wasn’t running as she was volunteering and I caught up with her a couple of times on the corner she was marshalling and we said hi and she cheered me and bump on.
Rejuvenated after my park run I was keen to get out and run on Sunday as well to make up for the poor week that I’d had. Lisa said she was going to the Sunday social just to do the 5km so I decided I would give the 5km another go.
As the 5km and 10km warm up at the same time I was able to catch up with quite a few people I’d not seen in a good while including Sharon Howarth who got so busy chatting with me that she almost ended up on the 5km run instead. Also managed to catch up with Susan Plant who I haven’t seen in ages and again it was lovely to see her back running after being away with injury.
So the last time I’d run the 5km social run it had been too slow but I was pleased to find that this time around the speed was much faster, in fact in was actually climbing up to closer to the times for the 10km social so certainly there were no real beginners in this group and it was very different to the 5km social run I had done the time before that was very slow. What was also lovely was Dave Webb took a route around Warrington that I had never been on before so I experienced areas I hadn’t been before and we ran alongside the River Mersey for a stretch and saw two teams of long rowing boats travelling downstream, perhaps training for a race.
I must have been so distracted when I was talking with Sharon that I had forgotten to set my Strava, but Lisa had recorded the route which was exactly 5km (I only caught the last 3.1km). My average time was 6.24/km which for a chill out run wasn’t too bad.
It was certainly a good way to start Sunday morning and I hoped would kick me back into gear for the next week.
Unfortunately that was not to be as I woke up on Monday morning feeling light headed and dizzy again. It persisted all through the day and I decided to call in at the doctors on the way back from the stables on Monday evening. The doc checked my blood pressure and said it was a little on the low side. Basically that was the diagnosis. Next it was for me to find a cure so I could get back up and out again. Sitting at home and not being able to do anything is the most infuriating thing in the world for me. I really hate being weak. My first thought was these Omega 3 supplements I had started to take since the consultant had said they were okay last Tuesday. I had taken one on the Wednesday and then the following day I was ill. I hadn’t taken anymore until the Monday and again the symptoms appeared. It may have been a coincidence but I decided to cut them out. I did find on the internet some evidence to suggest they could cause low blood pressure. The other things to help raise blood pressure was to ensure to remain hydrated and increase salt intake. So lots of water was consumed by moi. I thought a good way to help get the water and salt at once would be to take the isotonic sports drinks as these obviously are used to replenish fluids and electrolytes during and after exercise and hold “similar concentrations of salt and sugar as in the human body” (http://www.diabetes.co.uk/sports-drinks.html) so it certainly would do me more good than anything. Plus I love the taste.
The reason it first came to mind is that during my reading about what to pack in my maternity bag to take to hospital there had been mention of taking isotonic sports drinks. “They’re quickly absorbed and give your body the right kind of energy for the physical demands to come.” (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a544481/eating-and-drinking-in-labour#ixzz3pKtFLm7O) So again another reason why I thought they would be a good choice to help plus I hate overloading on too much water.
Anyway its Thursday now and I am finally feeling like myself again. Here’s hoping that tomorrow I continue to improve even more and that I can get out and have a good run. Unfortunately Lisa is taking a couple of days away from exercise as she is exhausted. I am not surprised working three night shifts and not having any sleep. I am looking forward to catching up again for my 48th Park Run on Saturday…. getting ever closer to the 50!!!
Fingers crossed then that health continues to stay on track now and that this nasty little glitch has come and gone. I seem to have the heartburn under control now with some Gaviscon so hopefully I will be able to eat properly as that had been upsetting my diet. And I will try and make sure I am drinking enough fluids too. Don’t want the nasty dizzies to come back. Obviously I want to keep running for as long as I can. It isn’t just about a love of running either. As I mentioned I think before this is more than just a hobby, this running now is training for the labour which is getting ever closer. If I stopped anytime soon it would have a detrimental effect on how the labour would progress. There is clear evidence from James Clapp MD in his book “Exercising through your pregnancy” that stopping exercising in the final trimester does not have a positive effect on labour as exercising through to the final stages does. The percentages of the studies carried out are quite dramatic really. Such simple statistics from Clapp’s studies showed that “all the exercising women delivered in less than 10 hours”(Clapp, 1998, p94) reduced labour time by a third on average. In fact most of the exercising woman appeared to deliver between the 2-4 hour slot. Now that I have to say is very appealing. So train I will and train I must. Just 10.5 weeks ago….but perhaps less as I mentioned in the previous blog. Woman who exercise are more likely to give birth in the 38th and 39th week. So actually I could be looking at just 8 weeks to go!!!! Looking forward to seeing whether I follow suit with the stats or whether stubbornly my body and baby decides otherwise!!! Only time will tell.