This week was fairly terrible. Let’s get right into it.
This week I ran a very low 16.31 miles in 2:26:58. I was planning to run a bit less as I had a race on Saturday, Feb 7th, but not quite this low. I ended up getting the stomach flu that has been going around here late Wednesday night. It was TERRIBLE! I couldn’t sleep all night. I was doing the things you do when you are sick from both ends. It was not good. I felt terrible all day Thursday and part of the day Friday. By the afternoon on Friday I was feeling better, but I was so dehydrated, I didn’t want to risk running a 15K. If I had signed up for the 5K, I probably would have still done it, but the 15K just seemed like too much when I couldn’t get hydrated. So the flu Wednesday night stopped all my training and my race for the rest of the week. I am feeling better today, and I will be easing back into training tomorrow.
The good news in all of this is a couple of things. First, I was having a bit of pain in my feet, so after the race, I was planning to take a few days off to recover before going into the next training cycle. Being sick and not being able to run has taken care of that for me. Second, I really miss running! Which is good because it is a good reminder of just how much I love it and need to get back to it. Not just for the running itself, but for the eating! It has been a struggle the past couple of days with my appetite back, and not working out. I have gained a couple of pounds, but it isn’t the end of the world. I will just work hard to get them back off! the third thing, is that is gave me some time to think about my training regimen. I have decided to add some strength training to my running. I have done some here and there, but I am going to be putting some stuff together I can do at home with little to no equipment. Things to help my form as well as my overall strength. Lastly, (and not related to running at all) I got to spend some good time with the family. The kids were gone on Saturday, so my wife and I had a chance to finally go out and look for a new couch that we were in desperate need of, and we actually found one we both fell in love with. Today, we got to go and do a little bit of bowling and hang out at home together. It was a nice weekend.
All in all, being down for four days, wasn’t the end of the world. I was totally bummed to miss the race, and more bummed to gain a couple pounds, but in the overall scheme of things, it could be a lot worse. So I am choosing to take this as a positive thing and move forward from here. There will be more races, and there will be more chance to run, so all is not lost.
Hope you had a good week and get a chance to get out and run!