Head Banging

Sometimes I’m awfully dumb. I might as well be banging my head against the wall for all I learn from […]

By on April 1, 2007 | 1 comment

Sometimes I’m awfully dumb. I might as well be banging my head against the wall for all I learn from some of my mistakes. You see, I’ve had uncomfortably congested lungs since Wednesday and while I did take a day and half off from work, I didn’t take anything that would help the problem. I thought about taking guaifenesin (an expectorant) multiple times, but was too lazy to go pick something up… all the while my lungs feeling like they were on fire. I buying and taking some this afternoon, my lungs are rapidly improving. I was already on the rebound, but there’s been a marked improvement in only a couple of hours. Sometimes I’m so stupid!

The upside is that after three weeks of minimal running, my legs are primed and ready to go. I’ve run 5 miles each of the last 6 days and plan to continue the streak and slowly rebuild my mileage. I will not try to jump back up to 70 or 80 miles this week. No, sir. I’d rather go through the rest of my season slightly under trained then keep blowing myself out. Smart and steady wins the race.

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.