Worthless. Worth. Less. February 5, 2007Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Running.
How do you feel after a short run? How do you feel after a long run?
After a typical short run (4-6 miles) I feel great. Cold here lately, but physically great.
After a long run, I feel worthless and Saturday was no exception. Last Saturday was an exception, however, because I felt way more worthless than usual. It was a decent 10 mile run. I had water at 3 and 6 miles, but I don’t think I fueled up before and during properly. An hour before I ran, I had 2 blueberry oatmeal pancakes and water. During the run I was planning on a PowerBar Gel packet but when I got to my water and reached into my pocket, it was gone. Therefore, no fuel during the run.
After returning home I wolfed down a bowl of oatmeal and some more water and hit the shower. And that’s where things started falling apart. Feeling woozy and with a throbbing head, I showered and then soaked in a hot bathtub. I almost fell asleep/passed out(?) in the tub but when the water got cold I finally dragged myself up and out of the tub. Wrapping myself in my big fluffy robe, I sought out another bottle of water and a couple of Advil. Feeling completely spent and unable to move I curled up on my bed to let the Advil kick in. After about 15 minutes I knew I had to get up (I had a baby shower I was supposed to attend) and promised myself that I’d stop by Starbucks on the way. If I could just get up. It took everything in me to push myself off the top of my bed. I managed to get ready and then took another Advil before rushing off to the shower (I was about 10 minutes late…and Starbucks was an empty promise because I knew I didn’t have time). During the baby shower, I kept myself as awake as I possibly could by snapping photos. Unfortunately, there’s only so many interesting photos you can take of people sitting in a circle for hours on end. Standing (instead of sitting…trying to stay awake) against the back wall, I kept thinking, “If I could just close my eyes for 5 minutes I’ll feel better”. After repeating that mantra to myself for about 20 minutes, I finally slipped off into another room and laid down. When I drifted off, the presents were being opened, and when I awoke and quietly slipped back onto the scene, the presents were still being opened. I’m not sure how long I was gone, but not too terribly long.
Point being, I felt horrible. I couldn’t move, I had absolutely no energy. I couldn’t carry on a decent conversation because I felt like my mind was just completely blank.
Is this somewhat normal? I don’t think I’ve ever felt this bad after a run before! Is it a fuel problem?
Later in the evening, I was completely wired. I stayed up until almost midnight (I’m generally an early bird)!
So my more experienced runner friends, what do you think the problem is?