Marathon Journal: 8 Miles
January 12, 2010
I didn’t know if I was going to jog 4, 8 or 12 miles. After finishing up the 8th mile I felt my legs go a little weak. I don’t know why but this time I brought along a chunk of apple and some nuts to help get me through to the end. I usually just eat “Gu” energy packets.
So something weird is going down with my sinuses and I can’t tell if it’s because I’m still getting over my Christmas cold, or if it’s because I’m an old man or what. But after these last two runs my cheeks and eyes were pounding and red to a point of being almost purplish. I splashed cold water on my cheeks and BOOM there is this smell of pungent ammonia!
I looked up the symptoms on some running sites and it sounds pretty normal, the body can’t process enough carbs so it starts eating protein and can’t process all of the acid so it produces ammonia. Hundreds of other runners have the same experience and it only happens in the sinus, so that it smells like the whole room is full of ammonia but nobody else can smell it. I asked My Beloved and the kids, “Did you spill some bleach or something?” They thought I was crazy. I thought they were crazy that they couldn’t smell it.
The thing I didn’t read about was why it only hits me after I wash my face. I’m wondering if the cold water closes up the pores on my cheeks and chokes off the ability to crank out sweat so it triggers this other release in the sinuses. I don’t know, but now I get to experiment on myself with every run.