Monday – Rest
Since I was still very congested on Monday and I had a race on Tuesday, I opted to take another rest day in hopes that the cold would be completely out of my system when I woke up on Tuesday. I really wasn’t feeling sick, I was just really congested and a little more tired than I would have normally been.
Tuesday – Strike Out ALS 5K Race
I wasn’t 100% on Tuesday like I had hoped but I also just really wanted to run. You can read my full report on the race here. Overall, I ran better than I thought I would but I definitely was not feeling back to my normal self yet. Far from it, in fact. But being able to run again felt great. After running 43 days in a row and then not running for a week… I was started to feel on edge.
Wednesday – 2.71 Miles
Still wasn’t feeling better. Still congested and still tired. Mostly, I just wanted to run though. I had already decided I would not start a new run streak so I figured I would try to get in 5 running days this week at whatever mileage I could manage. This run started out just feeling off. I felt really clunky for the first mile and I felt like I could not get my stride going. But I seemed to settle a bit after the first mile. I definitely did not think I was running that fast but it did feel good to be out running again.
Thursday – Rest
Yea… so by the end of the work day I felt incredibly run down and I was STILL congested. The more the day dragged on the more run down I was feeling. When I got home, I decided that taking a rest day would be smarter. I really didn’t WANT to take a rest day but I knew it was the right decision.
Friday – Rest
Once I had decided that I was not going to start a new run streak, I planned to take Friday as a rest day since I had dinner plans with my mom, aunt and a good friend of mine. So I stuck with that initial decision. Dinner and Drinks were yummy like always and made even better by excellent company.
Saturday – 2.18 Miles
I had a conundrum. I was still more tired than I should be and I was STILL congested (although it was getting better). I really wanted to run but I was also worried that running would just make me feel worse. Eventually I just decided to screw it and go for a run anyway. I headed out to the LFT, which I had not been on in nearly two weeks. I had no set mileage in mind but know that the water fountains are about half a mile apart which makes a turn around point easier if needed. I got to my two mile turn around point and knew that I wasn’t running more than two miles so I headed back. I noticed that my lungs felt like they were burning… which is normal for post-cold running for me. But when I got home and saw my pace, I thought that perhaps that could have been it… had no idea I was running that fast… Ooops
Sunday – 3.02 Miles
Definitely feeling a lot better, I headed out for a run. I wanted at least 3 miles but if I was feeling good, I might try to push to 4 miles. I was feeling good but not good enough for 4 miles so when I reached my three mile turn around spot, I headed back home. I am a tad annoyed that I run faster in training than I do in races…
All in all it was a decent week. I knew I was going to have to play most of the week by ear. But it felt good to get back out there. Hoping that I can keep a regular running schedule this week. Need to start pushing for mileage just a tad to prep me for training for my fall races.
Hope that everyone has a wonderful week!