I was scheduled to kick off Boston training officially in the first week of the new year after taking it down a notch in December to rest up and start feeling fresh. Unfortunately, I got hit with a brutal “cold” on the last day of Christmas vacation, which had me laid up for the better part of the week. It started with terrible head congestion coupled with extreme exhaustion, then progressed to a sore throat, cough and runny nose as the week went on. For the first two days, I could barely get out of bed and had to call in sick for my first day back to work. I made it into work after that, functioning only with the help of Advil Cold & Sinus. I did not run for four straight days – certainly not the best way to start a training plan!
Monday – sick
Tuesday – still sick
Wednesday – yep, still sick
Thursday – easy
Finally, I felt well enough to try a run. I played it safe and went on the treadmill so I could hop off easily if needed. I ended up feeling alright and mostly just sluggish from so much inactivity all week. My throat hurt, my head was stuffy and I was a mucus factory, but compared to the exhaustion I had been feeling all week, this was manageable.
Friday – easy
I didn’t seem to be any worse for wear after Thursday’s little run, so I took advantage of the mild mid-day temps and headed out for a lunch run. I still kept it slow, but felt pretty good. I have to admit, the best part was clearing things out with a few good snot rockets. (TMI?)
Saturday – rest
Sunday – long
After resting on Saturday, I decided I was up for a long(ish) run with the group Sunday morning for our last ‘unofficial’ long run before the new clinic (which I am instructing!) kicks off this week. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a long run and I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I had no idea how this was going to go … thankfully I felt okay. I just took it easy since all I wanted to do was put in some distance, and that is what I did. It’s certainly not as long as I would like to be running by now, but I should be in good shape to start building slowly now.
21.8KM (13.5mi) – 2:05:19 – 5:45 (9:15/mi)
Total Run Distance: 34.6 KM (21.5 mi)
Total Run Time: 3:17:10
Average Run Pace: 5:41/KM (9:09/mi)
Bike Distance/Time: 0
Swim Distance/Time: 0
So, this was not how I envisioned myself starting to train for Boston, but like many people have said – better now than at the end of my training cycle! I have kicked this cold for the most part (though cough and runny nose are hanging on) and hopefully I will be able to stay healthy from here on out.
I will have to ease into things slowly after the unexpected downtime, but I’m ready for a real training week… time to get back in the pool and on the bike too!