One of my favorite types of runs is the “Day after race shakeout”, when I go out easy and rid my muscles of built-up lactic acid. Weather conditions were better this morning than they were yesterday, and I looked forward to a few recovery miles. I had a rough night’s sleep and woke up with sinus headache this morning. These headaches are annoying, because they make me feel draggy and tired. I considered downgrading my neighborhood run to an easy treadmill run, then realized that skipping my workout was the best choice of all.
I’ve never liked taking medication, but when these headaches come the only thing that helps is the “Sudafed” cure. That’s 60 mg of pseudoephedrine, along with a dose of ibuprofen. When the cure takes, it’s a night and day improvement. It took a second dose later in the day to eradicate the pounding and dizziness and I’m feeling much better now.
I read recently that runners should take a day off after a race for every mile they ran. That seems extreme, but one day’s rest after a race makes good sense. I’ve just preferred to do my easy runs instead. Now that I have no time pressure to make my train in the morning, I can go on longer runs during the week. I will hopefully sleep better tonight and make up some mileage on Monday.