Tomorrow is race day. I have the Heart of Ghent 10k and am hoping to PR. Unfortunately, it’s not looking too good. Yes, the weather should be great and my legs are feeling fresh. My head, however, is all stuffed up. After a rough weekend of travel and little sleep in Morgantown I woke up earlier this week with my usual sore throat and ear ache.
Any time I ever get exhausted it happens. I get stuffed up in the ears and sore in the throat. My sinuses are great, my body feels fine, plenty of appetite but my head is filled with cotton balls. For 30+ years I’ve known to expect the inflammation and tried to prevent it. I failed this time. Maybe I ought to have my tonsils out? Either way, I’ll live. It’s just bad timing this round.
As part of my ‘get better’ effort, I took the week’s workouts easy with just light speed work while sucking down chicken noodle soup and ice cream. My speed work was solid. My body weight strength workout was good. I felt very positive about the workouts citing my stuffed up-ness. I’ve tried hard to get lots of extra sleep and saw an improvement yesterday. Writing this I’m closer to 80% than 100% and hoping to be at 98% in the morning.
I really want to hammer (PR) this race since it’s my last ‘long’ workout before my goal half marathon. I’ve worked hard all summer for these next two races and really want them to go well. My training is there. Hopefully I’ll be able to give it a chance to show me what it can do and no matter what, I know I’ll give everything I can out on that race course tomorrow.
What do you do if you’re stuffed up for a race?