Yesterday morning I woke up feeling dizzy, wobbly and out of sorts. It was like that feeling when you stand up too quickly, only it would not go away. I felt very unsteady, as though I was leaning to one side when I stood up, developed a headache and could not handle quick movements. After it had lasted several hours, I consulted some friends and “Dr. Google” and started worrying that it might be vertigo.
The next thing I knew, I had convinced myself that my triathlon career was over before it even started. Over-react much??
We decided to go to the Urgent Care Centre so I could get checked out, but didn’t see a doctor for almost 90 minutes. After looking me over and asking tons of questions (I made sure to tell her I had recently taken up swimming and had been at the pool the night before), she found an obvious blockage through my nostril on one side and suspected a sinus infection. It is hard to diagnose within 24 hours so she was not 100% certain, but suggested a decongestant and asked me to come back in a day or two if symptoms worsened.
It turns out this can be a common ailment from pool swimming and a few people have suggested using a nose plug, which I had been considering anyway since I am a freak about getting water up my nose. I picked one up today and I’m hoping that this won’t be a recurring issue.
I started feeling better not long after taking the decongestant, and picked up a saline nasal spray as well. I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening on the couch and hoped to feel good enough to run the next morning, although I was not very optimistic.
I hit the sack early, had a great sleep and actually felt much better in the morning. I got up and went about the usual pre-long run routine, taking another decongestant as well. I decided to go for a test run around home to make sure I felt okay before driving to meet the running group. Thankfully, I felt “normal” and was able to join the group.
It was a scorcher of a day today, feeling like 33C/92F by the end, which made for a challenge. Thankfully we had a water/fruit/goodie stop along the way – my favourite part of our summer runs! I definitely struggled for the last 10K or in the sun (along with everyone else), but my legs felt great after the day of rest yesterday. I’m not a fan of forced rest days, but it turned out for the best this weekend, especially after this epic week – full recap tomorrow!