Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm Melting!

There are some things that just aren't right. Pauly D's hair. Jeggings. Tea-flavored beer.

I would like to add to that list: 80 degrees in March. In Michigan. We're supposed to have snow on the ground. I'm supposed to be wearing flannel pajamas to bed. It's not supposed to be EIGHTY DEGREES!

Nonetheless, today was Run Day with Red. I packed shorts and a tank top and even put moisturizer with sunscreen on my face after my morning shower. Five miles on tap.

Let me preface this by saying that last week I came down with some awful rhinovirus which knocked me flat and after I struggled through four days at work I cried "uncle" and took Friday off. I then spent three days hunkered down in bed or on the sofa plowing my way through all three of the "Hunger Games" books. Next week I will be making a trek to the Hunger Games movie, of that you can be sure.

Anyway, over the course of five days I lost 8 pounds because I had zero appetite. Having no sense of smell and thus no sense of taste killed my desire to eat, so I lived on tea and oatmeal for several days. Saturday I forced myself to eat a scrambled egg because I knew needed protein. When Sunday rolled around I was essentially back to normal, but the rapid weight loss and minimal food intake wreaked havoc on my stamina. I went out for a run Sunday morning and after 1.5 miles I knew I was toast. My planned four miles contracted to two as I found my way back home, defeated.

Two days later (today) I was more optimistic. I felt even better, I'd had one more day to rest, and I was finally eating again. Red and I and her coworker Fabulous started on the edge of the Michigan campus and worked our way west into downtown Ann Arbor before turning back. Normally I would be thrilled to run around my home city, but today I began fading after only 2 miles. The heat felt oppressive and my legs refused to respond. I was determined to see this run to its conclusion, so I plodded grimly onward even as my pace slipped almost to brisk walking speed. Stinging sweat was in my eyes, my legs felt wobbly, and my head was starting to spin. It was so hot. So goddamn hot. Why was it so HOT? It's MARCH! It's not supposed to BE LIKE THIS! At 4.5 miles, at the final hill, I gave up and walked. I felt like ass and I wasn't "running" any faster than walking pace, so I walked. I cursed my wasted legs, cursed the stupid hill, cursed the blazing sun. Oh, accursed sun! Go away! Give me a few more weeks of 30 degrees before you unleash your summer soul sucking awfulness upon me!

When I got back to work and changed, I peered at my forehead and shoulders in the mirror...yep, sunburn. Just a touch, but it was there. I like getting my color while I'm relaxing on the sand oceanside on Cape Cod in JULY, not running around Ann Arbor in March.

In other news:

The only good thing about losing 8 lbs in less than a week?

I HIT 20 POUNDS LOST AT WEIGHT WATCHERS!


10 comments:

Holly said...

Generally I enjoy summertime running but I admit the skyrocketing temps have been an adjustment!

We had a bit of humidity here too so that left me gasping for air on my last run.

Robert James Reese said...

I was running around yesterday in Pennsylvania without a shirt on. Even so, I was sweating. This weather is crazy.

Also, I wonder how long it will be before some unscrupulous corporation starts marketing a diet virus that lets you drop 8 pounds in a week. Seems like only a matter of time...

Redhead Running said...

Due to the title of this post a loop of the Wicked Witch screaming "I'm melting, melting, MELTING" ran on repeat the whole of the time it took me to read this post. LOL! :) Ugh it was hot as balls yesterday! You trooped through though and by this time next week it'll all be like a bad dream. :)

Viper said...

Ah, the sick diet. Usually a good way to shed pounds fast. Congrats. I sympathize with the lack of endurance. I'm still feeling effects from whatever plague I contracted a couple weeks ago. Boo to the hiss. Here's to feeling better. Cheers!

BrianFlash said...

I ran barefoot with shorts on last week. Twice! Crazy warm weather.

I need me some of that weight loss. I guess I'll get a sick neighbor kid to sneeze on me.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Damn woman, I thought I was reading a novel! Just say it was damn hot! That's why I carry money for an impromptu BEvERage........

Xenia said...

You all can keep your sicknesses. I'd rather stay fat than have to endure the hell of being sick.

Glad you're feeling better now.

Spike said...

I hate this weather...also stop being sick now.

Nitmos said...

Yes, it is a bit too hot. But I still prefer it to the cold so, no complaints here.

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