Seems like everything I do these days gets me close to water. Today, I landed once again in Philly. Only this time, I was greeted with 70 degrees of overcast skis. Coming from Montana, this opportunity was too much to pass up.
Unfortunately, I’m feeling like crap these days as the steroid taper is almost done. A bit of nausea, of bit of headache, and a bit of chest tightness. I figured my body needed a resetting, so I donned the running shoes and headed out along the Schuykill trail.
The day started off terrible. I felt like I was going to keel over, literally. But I kept on plugging along as well as I could by enjoying the scenery. There are some things everyone remembers when going to school. I calm them montage moments; those images that would go into a movie montage if my life were some cheesy film. I’d have to say that running along the trail while chasing and racing the crew boats on the Schuykill has to be one of my favorite Philadelphia montage moments.
With my mind distracted, my legs amazingly took off. It was like that scene from Forest Gump when he brakes out of his braces. I may not be walking tomorrow, but the last half was invigorating.
On a side note, I recently picked up the Feed Zone cookbook. Everyone and their endurance grandma has been talking about this book so I took the plunge. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the recipes yet; that will be next week. But I did get through some of the science section and I was intrigued to here about the important of fueling fast right after a long workout. Like within 30 minutes. So, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and I literally ended my run here: FEDERAL DONUTS.
There were only two peanut butter donuts left (it was 7:00 pm) so I grabbed one and downed it. Amazingly, I felt completely refreshed after and not starving at dinner. Actually, I was kind of too full at dinner. Now of course, the book does not say eat donuts after a workout. But it does mention this is one of the few times a high glycemic index food could be indulged. I’m skeptical, but I am having fun experimenting with my nutrition. Will see how tomorrow feels on the bike.
Just a quick update status post my first workout post major throat infection. I am happy to say I am feeling much better. I still woke up twice last night to breathe in some fresh, cool night air as I was hacking a lung up like I had been training in a coal mine for 20 years. But I still woke without a sore throat and relatively well rested. After a delicious and sensible breakfast of a muffin with my remaining steroid taper pills, it was time for some studying, writing, and then riding. Here is the damage for the day:
It was very easy feeling today. Probably more because of the fact I have been a couch potato for six days. Especially since I was kind of expecting this with all the steroids on board:
But I didn’t pass out or spit out a lung, so I will count it as a win. No run today as it is blowing like crazy out and I figured that would tempt fate too much. But tomorrow morning, it’s time to try out some new Spotify run playlists! And I’m sorry, but the animated gifs are like my new favorite thing. And I can’t resist adding in this additional Hulk Vs. Bear one because I am afraid I will never have a chance to use it anywhere else. This is not how the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks recommends handling bear encounters mind you.