Well, it’s been a while since I did a training update. The #1 reason is because there hasn’t been a whole lot of training going on. I feel like I jinxed myself when I was talking about how great training was going. No less than two weeks ago, I started thinking about how I haven’t missed a single long run this training cycle – something that has actually never happened before. And then it happened. #ugh
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I wrote on Tuesday that I was feeling a hundred times better and ready to jump back into training. Monday’s run was great – 12 miles with lots of hill repeats. I woke up Tuesday and felt a bit achy and just blah so I put off my run until the afternoon. It was warm (55) but windy as heck – 25-30 mph winds. I ran 8 miles and almost immediately upon finishing, knew that something was wrong. I had a pounding headache and just felt fatigued – not the way I normally feel after 8 easy-paced miles.
My husband left on a business trip for the week shortly after I returned from that run and I welcomed what has been a week-long bug. Vomiting, high fever (104-105 at night), body aches, fatigue, coughing, congestion. All of it at once. The first few days were awful – I kept expecting to wake up the next day and feel better, but it actually got worse. I think what made it the hardest, however, was solo parenting for the week while dealing with this bug. The boys watched A LOT of tv because I was too sick to even get off the couch some days.
By Saturday, I was feeling a bit better, so I went for a run – Saturday, Sunday and Monday – short mileage to get the legs moving again. I was even remaining hopeful that I would get my planned 23 miler in on Monday. But when I woke up Monday, still felt like something was going on. Against better judgement, I ran in the bitter cold (16 degrees with windchill). The run was less than stellar. Coach and I decided to make yesterday a rest day. The most important thing is getting back to 100% rather than continuing to prolong the bug with these meaningless 5-8 milers.
Yesterday was the best I have felt in over two weeks, so I’m hopeful that it’s a sign things are moving in the right direction. I ran 6 miles outside. Much faster than normal but my legs wanted to move and after almost no mileage for 8 days, a few fast miles can’t hurt. It felt darn GOOD to be pushing hard again and not feel like my body can’t handle it.
Mentally, it’s been really tough. After weeks of consistent and strong training, I feel like the last few weeks have been a total wash. No workouts, no long run – and even worse – just no routine. It’s amazing how you could go from feeling like you could conquer the world one day to questioning your ability to even run a few miles because you are winded and your legs are burning from climbing one set of stairs.
I know a little extra rest right now is not going to ruin Boston and my goals for the race. But the reality is that I only did 15 miles two weekends ago, I skipped what should have been my longest run of the cycle this past weekend and my half marathon this weekend is up in the air. Not the way I want to go in to the final few weeks of training for this race.
But I’m also trying to look at the bright side of this situation. Better now than 2 or 3 weeks from now. My friend Meg got a stomach bug a couple of days before her goal marathon last weekend and made the call shortly into her race to stop because of how lousy she felt. That’s just awful luck and my heart breaks for her because of all the hard work she put in for that race.
The GOOD news is that my accommodations for Boston are finally set! I’m beyond excited to be sharing a room for the weekend with Kris!! I’m hoping that her speed, strength and racing ability rub off on me during the night. =)
Thanks for listening to me ramble. Fingers crossed that things continue to improve from here! Hope you are having a great week!