I’ve decided that, even when I feel a little ill or out of sorts, I need to ensure that I get “out there” anyway (even if I scale it back to a walk). Unless I have a severe pain or actual violent illness or a clear inability to get up, I ought to try.

I spent most of yesterday experiencing strong headaches and sinus pressure in my face, especially behind my eyes. I felt like I had an elastic band tightening around my brain. We were supposed to go to a cocktail/birthday party last night, one I had been looking forward to for nearly a month, but I just knew I couldn’t do it.

When it was almost 8pm, however, I decided that I could at least go for a walk — I figured it might help to clear the head. I dressed as though going for a run. And, somewhere along the way, I decided to do the shorter element anyway (walk for 5, run for 5, walk for seven) just to do it, since I was out. I decided I could always stop running if I felt woozy. But I didn’t have to. I was beat after, and dehydrated (which is mystifying considering the amount of water I’d consumed all day), but I got it done.

The headaches are still here today, but not as bad.

With Mike alongside, acting as my human stopwatch and coach, I completed a good long element this evening in the local park (12 minute walk, 17 minute run, then 15 minute walk). Having him with me means that we always “up the stakes” a little — we ran up a couple of fairly steep hills along the route, and we climbed up the seventeen flights to our apartment immediately after the run/walk. We also had a surprise when Mike challenged me to take everything in me and sprint for the last bit of the run — no idea where that little surge came from! Funny, it took his egging me on to find that.

I love the way it feels when my heart rate is really gunning it, and my face is flush and every tingling, working bit of me is put into the one thing. No multitasking required, unless you count conversation.

Incidentally, I am finding that having my running buddy with me is essential for the longer stints.