This morning started out with a beautiful sunrise and trail for 5 miles.
Along the way I ran into this little guy.
I love running into wildlife on my run (well most wildlife, last week there was a bear in our neighborhood , no thanks on that visit).
If you have been following my training at all you may remember that I have had to take antibiotics a few times this year. It’s not my favorite to have to take these medications but when I clearly do have a bacterial infection then I am glad that we have them and the infection clears right up. I bring up this issue because back in 2014 I had a scare with running while taking antibiotics. I got an infection about a week before what should have been my first 50k. I went to see the doctor and was prescribed (needed) antibiotics for the infection after I made it clear that I was planning on running a 50k that weekend.
I didn’t think much of it, and had taken much of my course of antibiotics when I googled my medication and one of the first things that popped up was that this type of antibiotic can cause tendons to rupture. The antibiotic I was taking was Cipro from the fluoroquinolones class [Source]. It was a scary proposition, on race day I wasn’t feeling well in general so I decided to cut the race short and not risk any permanent damage.
Runner’s World has published an interesting article here about the effects of antibiotics on running.
I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of this before and that the doctor would prescribe them to me knowing I was running a 50k that weekend. I guess the lesson is to always research what you take before you start taking it. Since then I have been sure to ask to not be prescribed fluoroquinolones, but it’s also good to know that most antibiotics will make you feel lethargic which doesn’t jive with ultra races.
Be safe out there, Happy Running!
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