Conclusion - running with a sinus infection is lame. It results in lack of quality, speed, and overall enjoyment of the run. I mean, I shouldn't be surprised, my sinus infection affects my breathing, which makes my asthma act up, so its not exactly a shock that running is tough. But I'm still mad about it. These antibiotics better get themselves to work before my 20 miler on Saturday.
I was supposed to do my dreaded 8 mile tempo run, but I downgraded to 6, then 5, then finally 4 when I had to postpone the run for about 10 minutes due to coughing. And I barely made it through the four, so wise decision. I considered doing a cooldown, but then I realized the whole run had basically been a cooldown. It still felt good to get out there, though.
I did have two pleasant surprises this morning.
1. My friend Mr. Sun is apparently gracing us with his presence in the six o'clock hour now, so I got to leave my miner light at home.
2. When I left for my run at 6:15, there was a package outside our door? What kind of crazy hours does this postman work??
It was my camelbak water bottle!
I got it for two reasons. I have really wanted a hand held water bottle for awhile now, for those 6-8 mile runs where the camelbak backpack is really too much, but I still need hydration. I also want to carry disposable water bottles instead of the backpack during the marathon, so I want to get used to it. I also got a good deal on it from runningwarehouse.com.
If you want to know about it, check out Amanda's review. That's what prompted me to finally buy it. She does detailed, excellent reviews that really give you a true picture of the product, as opposed to mine, which are usually one sentence that either contains the word "awesome" or "sucks".
Other randomness - my school does "secret pal" week, which is sort of like secret santa for different holidays, so we did it last week for Valentine's day. Each day you get a little gift, and a bigger one on Friday, when your secret pal reveals themselves. My friend Kristin turned out to be mine and my Friday gift was this adorable mug, which I am using this morning.
So now I have a conundrum - do I try to do some sort of cross training, like swimming, tomorrow, to make up for my lost miles? Or do I take it off like I always do, to prepare for my 20 miler? I need your expert opinions, please!