Its been awhile but the break is now over!
Saturday I the first in the Airzona Sunrise Series. This is a set of 7 5Ks in different locations throughout the Phoenix area. There is another race every other weekend. Last Saturday was at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ.
It was a nice out and back course that curved around a pond and beside one of the canals. Pretty fast course, although, it did manage to go uphill both ways which is an interesting feat in an out and back.
I ran it in 28:13 making it the second fastest 5K since high school. Given that I haven’t ran much in the past month. (This brings my total in the past four weeks to 7 miles.) I’m pretty happy with it.
Everything felt good for the whole race. I was tired afterward, but nothing felt injured. I do need to work on speed but I think that this was a good baseline run. The next race is on June 9th. So, I’ve got two weeks to find some more speed. The main thing that I think that I’ll be fighting is the heat.
It’s starting to get hot here in the valley of the sun. as in today hit triple digits and I don’t think we will be turning back until September. So, That should make things interesting.
Speaking of that ridiculous cold/upper respiratory infection. One of the lingering effects of it was a sore throat. It just wouldn’t stop. I lasted 4 weeks total and added an ear ache in the past week. I only just got rid of it thanks to some high powered medication. Namely another round of stronger antibiotics and a little thing called prednisone.
Prednisone is an interesting thing. It’s a steroid used to reduce inflammation. Namely my sinus passages. Yes it had gotten that bad. But it has some side effects. I’m hungry. Like REALLY hungry. All the time. I ate a big lunch today and was hungry about 5 minutes later. I’m also really thirsty. Like I drank about 250 ounces of water today. The most fun effect though is that I’m wired. Its like drinking about 10 pots of coffee all at once and no crash in the afternoon. I’m getting a lot done at work right now and will probably start attacking the house tomorrow evening. I’m hoping that I can go on a run tomorrow night as well.