Fatigue Frustrations

Do you ever have those days where you are just tired?  Like, really tired?  As in “I have to skip my workout today because I seriously can’t wake up” tired.  Or, “five minutes into a run you realize it’s just going to be a 5 K walk instead because running isn’t happening today” tired. We all get that from time to time, and I’ve always taken it as my body’s way of telling me to rest for a day.  No big deal, I’ll get back at it tomorrow.  

Except for when tomorrow comes around, I’m tired again.  And the next day.  And the next day.  Gah!!  What is happening?!  This is the girl that worked three jobs, trained for a half Ironman and went to nursing school full time with no problems and now I’ve been exhausted for a month and a half straight.  Something is up. 

Well, turns out I have a flare up of Epstein-Barre virus, which is the virus that causes mono in teenagers and young adults.   It’s kind of like how a person is substepible to shingles if they’ve had chicken pox as a kid, if a person has had mono as a kid (like me), then they are substepible to Epstein-Barre flare-ups as adults.  The virus manifests as a sore throat, often Strep (I had strep twice in two weeks), swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fatigue. The throat and lymph nodes usually feel better in a couple of weeks, but the fatigue lasts for a couple of months.  

To make matters worse, everytime I start to feel better, I seem to do way too much and then end up feeling awful again for the next three days.  Blah.  Consequently, I haven’t exercised for well over a month and it’s making me grumpy.  Exercise is my stress relief and I feel like I’m crazy without it.  So what to do?! 

Mr. Big has pointed out a few times that for an ER nurse I’m terrible at following medical advice (he’s right, but don’t tell him that!), but I’ve decided to put myself on health lockdown for the next few weeks.  That means actually eating decent food for all of my meals (not grabbing cheese sticks and egg rolls from the cafeteria for a five minute shift lunch), not attending every single social event I’m invited to (apparently sometimes it’s ok to stay home), and laying off the booze for a bit (because even a couple of beers are dehydrating to the body and slows down the healing process).  

Lastly, I have be ok with the fact that fall race season isn’t going to happen the way I want it to.  The 70.3 I had my sights on in November is going to get skipped, and even though I’m signed up for a half marathon at the end of November, it’s ok if I don’t do it.  

My Type A personality gets frustrated when things don’t go according to plan, but I’ll just have to look for some good spring races to keep myself motivated and looking forward.  But don’t worry, I’m still making sure Pepper has plenty of walks, she just gets a reprieve on the running training for a while 😉 

Sunday morning walk on the levee.

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