A Run that Nearly Killed Me!!!

With the 15th being the last day to sign up for the Boulevard Bolt here in Nashville, TN for the $25, I wanted to be sure that I had at least attempted to run OUTSIDE before signing up.  I took my son over to my mother’s house, then headed to the park right behind her house.  It was still pretty early at 9 AM.  Knowing next to nothing about what I am doing other than running, I decided that a latte and a piece of bread was a good enough breakfast choice.  This was eaten about 45 minutes before I began my run. 

I found a map at the park and chose to do a 2.4 mile route that was an out and back.  The temperature outside was around 45 degrees, quite a far drop from the 70 degrees with a box fan I have at home.  Within the first half mile I could certainly feel the difference deep in my burning lungs.  I soon was stopping every 2 tenths of a mile to catch my breath as my breathing patterns were not leveling out.  I never walked any, as I had pledged to run the entire trail.  However, once I made it to the out portion (1.2 miles from my parked car), I was completely unsure that I could even make it back to my car.  I used the restroom and tried to regain my confidence.

After WAY too long a rest, I decided it was time to make it back to my car at least.  On this section, I was distracted by watching bike riders “walking” their dogs in front of me along the trail.  I also noted that by this time, the temperature was no longer as cold.  I did slow twice during the 1.2 mile run (amateur).

Once at my car, I chose another trail that was approximately 1.6 miles around the soccer fields.  With my running right next to all of these soccer moms and dads, I again had plenty to look at and wonder about as I ran.  After getting this accomplished more easily than the first 2.4 mile section, I headed on to my car for a bit of water.  I drank about 5 ounces of water, then headed out for the last mile.  When I began running, I noticed that I was seeing a circle of light nearly as though someone had just taken my photo.  This continued as I ran past the soccer fields again and all the way until I was back at my car.  I found that this part was actually the easiest to accomplish.  I am sure it was the mental game that I am nearly finished, I am nearly finished… but the entire time that I did this mile I could see this halo and felt a bit dizzy.

I stretched, drank some water and headed back to my parent’s house where I got the worst headache.  It was unlike any other headache I have ever had.  I really felt so SICK.  I showed (because my mom said I STANK!) and then ate some muffins for breakfast (amateur again!)  I laid down for a while and then was about to leave when my sister pointed out that I looked terrible.  I then noticed I was seeing that halo again!  Am I about to die?  Is this a glimpse at the afterlife?  I explained the sensation I was having and she said I needed salt.  So I ate some saltines and had some juice.  I soon felt better and headed out to get me some lunch.

The following day, my thighs and shins were so sore.  This running outside is so much harder than running on a treadmill.  I cannot say that I did not expect it a bit though.  The experience is enough to make a normal person stop and say, I am pushing too hard.  But I am NOT normal. I have signed up for the Boulevard Bolt for Thanksgiving, 8 AM.

Have you ever had any of these experiences?  Can you help me to better this issue?   What to eat?  How to better prepare?  I only have a week!  I want to do the run, to do it as I did this one, start to finish running.  It may not be pretty, but I DID IT!

11 comments for “A Run that Nearly Killed Me!!!

  1. November 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Is the Bolt 5 miles? That’s a heck of a run for someone not usually running outside..
    but I want to say – I can’t run on treadmills, so we all have our strengths! for distance – I say slow down and take walking breaks – plan them. For distance, I walk 1 minute b/w every mile. Jeff Galloway (runDisney’s trainer) recommends even more walking – you should check it out. Good luck getting ready for the run!

    • November 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      Walking breaks. I hear you. I may walk in circles. I want to have run the whole thing. Even if it is a really bad time!!!

  2. November 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I suggest not dropping right into running from nothing. Always take a 5-10 minute warmup walk before dropping into a run. That’ll help get your blood flowing right and prep your body a bit for the run. I realize I’m coming from only ever having run outside, but I still do a pre and post walk for every run. A wind up and wind down if you will.

    I’d also try not eating, and just getting a small amount of water in you. For such a short run you shouldn’t need to carry water, but you’ll want some when you’re done.

    • November 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Todd. I had my focus, as usual, on getting the task accomplished to get back to my son instead of that I should do a warmup, etc. Typical Natalie. Not eating… huh. I am not sure about that. I wondered if that passout feeling was from hunger issues. I am sort of a weenie:) I have been eating a lot more this week. I am trying to add more to the tank. I have lost 4 pounds in the past few weeks. So… I am trying to get it back. Hope that that will help as well. I will try this run again on Sunday. I hope it is better this time!

  3. Walt - taoboxer
    November 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Talk about poor planning ! Running in the elements is a lot harder than people think.As you found out. Always start off w/a walk to give yourself time to adjust to the weather ( breathing ).Then run,about 1/2 of what you normally do.If it’s cold stretch more before you begin to walk.

    • November 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      Well, as for the planning, I had actually planned to run this on this day. I wanted to run early to mirror the time of day of the run on Thanksgiving. I just did not know what to eat. And I have been running on the treadmill for a few months now long distances. Running on the treadmill fits my lifestyle better than running outside. So, I guess I need to walk some. I hope that a walk on the front end will help me not crash on the back end! Thanks!

  4. Dana (aka DragynAlly)
    November 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I have one little tiny piece of advice… Next time before you run EAT SOMETHING! That is all. 🙂

  5. Dana (aka DragynAlly)
    November 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    PS the “halo” sounds like the auras that migraine sufferers see before a headache… (I know I get migraines all the time)

    • November 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks. You know, I ran again yesterday and I didnt get that halo. I instead did get a massive headache later. I think more water is in order.

  6. November 21, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I agree with Dana. The halo was a migraine. I have them from time to time and got one from a run a few months back. Go home, take advil, drink lots of water, eat a little something (healthy), and rest.

    Regarding the run, find a simple healthy pre-run meal that works for you. I used to eat a banana and a half PB sandwich before a morning run. My drive to meet my running buddie for long runs was about a half hour so my meal had settled.

    For 5 miles, you shouldn’t need anything but water, however, I’d suggest a water bottle that you can carry with you comfortably. I have a couple of styles, but one from Nathan has a little pocket for a key.

    I know you want to run the whole thing on race day, but running and stopping is not a good idea. If nothing else, let your vanity make the decision for you. Sudden stops contribute to vericose veins. You can always push your self a little harder on race day, but try working in some walk breaks on your training runs. I really believe you’ll progress faster with run/walk segments at regular intervals and make it a little more challenging every few days. On race day you can always disguise your walk breaks by walking through the water stops. Those areas are crowded and slippery and littered anyway. You can catch your breath and just might save yourself from a fall.

    Ok, that’s my two cents. Best of luck in your training and the race!

    • November 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much for the email. I need to check out the Nathan deal. Keeping a key in my sports bra just seems wrong, no? I ate some oatmeal and an egg about 2 hours before the run and felt so much better. What did happen different this week was that the run outside was not nearly as shocking. I also found that I was very thirsty. When I got done with the first half of the run, I was at my car and drank some water. I drank a lot of water, then stopped myself before I had too much. I saw my son’s skittles and grabbed a few to stick in my mouth while I ran. They really helped my mouth issue and I didnt even think about being thirsty. Instead, I noticed that my hand was quickly stained from all of the melting. One thing leads to another! I will take a stained hand anyday!

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