The week didn't start out great - as I noted last week, I thought I was either getting sick or fighting off allergies. I felt lousy on Monday night and Tuesday morning, so I started off the Tuesday workout (1200s) very easy - about tempo pace. I felt better as I went along, so I dropped the pace some with each rep, and ended up with 5x1200 paced very "progressively." Each rep was about 7 seconds faster than the previous. That's not how I normally pace my workouts - I'm usually a lot more even. On the other hand, better that way than the reverse.
My symptoms continued on and off all week - sinus pain and fatigue. I felt better mid-week, but then I felt horrible on Thursday night. I debated whether to show on Friday morning for tempo, but decided to make an appearance. While many people talk themselves out of workouts, I talk myself into them: "well....I'll just warm-up and see how I feel.....well, I'll just run the first mile and see how I feel..."
As it turns out, after a (characteristically) slow start, the tempo went very well. I've decided that whatever bug I have is actually just allergies manifesting in a different way - no stuffy nose, just sinus pain and fatigue. This view is supported by the fact that a max dose of Benadryl makes the sinus pain vanish (but also puts me to sleep). This coming week I'm going to play with taking the Benadryl mid-day, in hopes that the sedative effect will wear off by morning, while the antihistamine effect remains.
(in answer to your questions - other OTC antihistamines don't seem to be helping here. Benadryl or bust, baby.)
Sunday we got lucky and the heat broke - resulting in a very nice confidence boosting 16 mile long run. 7:00 pace actually felt like marathon pace, rather than something harder, and I was very tempted to extend my long run another mile or two for the ego boost and validation. After all, my schedule said 16-18 on Sunday, and most of the others training for Philly Marathon were doing 20+ miles. But, for whatever reason my coach had ordered me (twice) to limit my long run to 16, so I (reluctantly) complied. Coaching only works if you listen to the coach.
(and...it does make a lot of sense. I really don't need to work on my endurance - the ability to run for a long time. That's my strength. What I do need is more stamina - my ability to sustain fast running over a distance. So it makes sense to restrict the long runs, so that I'm fresh enough to max out the distance covered during my weekday intervals and tempos, and get a higher volume of quality running).
This upcoming week is a cutback. I'm running a half-marathon on Sunday, and so I'll start tapering after Tuesday's workout.