Winter Running

Today was the second five-mile run of the week.  It was also the second day in a row of running around the campus instead of on a county road.  My runs normally focus on those roads as I typically would just come home from work, take Sparky out, then get dressed and go for a 4-6 mile run – depending on how far I felt like going.

These past two runs however, I decided to simply take my gear with me and change directly into it right after work.  This allowed me to run around the campus – after which I would then go home.  While this means that Sparky would have to stay in his cage longer, it was actually pretty minimal and I think that it’s better as I can then devote time to him when I got home instead of having to leave him alone for almost an hour just after he’d seen me.

Regardless of that, I’ve noticed something these last few runs.  While my time has gotten better lately (I’m not around an 8:08 avg pace), I am much more tired after the fact.  While this could just be because it’s so cold outside, I wasn’t this tired a month ago.  Well what’s changed in the last month?  I’ve started isotretinoin.  My doctor has warned me that he doesn’t prescribe this to Purdue sports people during their season as it can make you feel like you just can’t go as far.  I’m finding that while I’m able to push myself during the run itself, afterwards I am completely drained and pretty much worthless until the next day or even further.

I had hoped to run 5-6 miles tomorrow as the weather was going to be near 40, but given how tired I already am, it doesn’t seem like a good idea. Needless to say, I’m already counting the days until I am done with this medication.  Unfortunately, it’s still just over four more months away.  Yippee!  🙂

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