This week was 65 miles of running and 6000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
Tough, but better than last week. I'm now very certain that the Nifedipine was the cause of my lead legs last week and the week before. It's been hot and humid this week as well, but I still feel so much better. Like close to my old self. My asthma has still been acting up some, which is frustrating - there's been some allergen in the air that has been giving me a splitting headache when I go outside and red rimmed stinging eyes - I think that's the cause.
Friday's tempo, despite the cool temps was a bit of a struggle - my breathing got tough and I needed the help of my teammates to get through it (some day I'll pay it back, guys). I ended up running myself into the ground on Friday in order to finish the workout. I'm not normally a fan of doing that, but I also know that there's a mental component to my asthma - when I feel my chest tightening up, I panic and start to stiffen and think about dropping out, which just perpetuates the whole cycle and worsens the issue. For that reason, as long as I wasn't going to collapse, I needed to finish the workout, just focusing on relaxing, restoring my breathing, and continuing to run.
Which I did. With the help of friends.
Over the weekend, I changed up my allergy and asthma meds - apparently Zyrtex+Zantac, of all things, is working better for whatever is out there right now than the Allegra I usually take. And we switched my long lasting asthma inhaler to Foradil, which worked fantastically on Sunday (once I figured out how to use it - it's not a simple inhaler like the other drugs, and the instructions for taking it are a bit complicated.). It was nice to have a good run on Sunday along the towpath to finish out the week.