I got my first 5K of this year to do this week and I also got the Covid Vaccine a day or two ago.
I was hoping the vaccine would transform me into a superhero or something and maybe make me competitive for the 5k, but alas, no, I just got a headache for a bit and that’s about it so far.
You know it’s funny, the 5k is a charity event that anyone can participate in regardless of ability and in some ways this vaccine is a charity event of sorts in that we’re all racing to try to beat this pandemic and move forward. I hope my taking the vaccine will be helpful for the future and I’m reporting my symptoms and any issues to CDC through this cool app. I should add here that my family has now been given three of the vaccines so if they’re looking for a good genetic comparison on how these things work I guess they got their family.
Anyway, I feel there is that commonality between the vaccine and the Leprechaun Race, that we’re trying to participate and do what we can.
As for how I felt after the vaccine, I felt pretty good. It was the J&J one so just one shot. I felt good enough to go on a run the next morning, though to be honest, it was just a short run with my son. I like to reduce my mileage the week of a race. It helps me go into it with some fresh legs, though I do worry that maybe not running as many days the week of a race will suddenly lead me to regress to the point that I will not be able to finish it.
Am I the only one that fears these things?
Anyway, my race week has also been interrupted by a cold snap. So I stayed inside and hit an elliptical this morning instead of braving temperatures in the teens.
I’m hoping also because I’ve been watching my diet more closely that this will help me during the weekend race, though maybe the vaccine will turn me into a super hero at the last minute.
Keep running, keep writing.