Last weekend I mentioned my attempt at a ten miler which ended at mile 3, barely being able to hold 10:15 pace. Well, I woke up Sunday morning and nailed that shit.
All Saturday I stayed hydrated and ate foods that would give me energy come Sunday. When I woke up Sunday, I had some Amino Energy just to make sure I had all the energy. The Chinese from the night before wasn’t totally agreeing with me (seriously, this is news to me, that’s my go-to!) but I was on a treadmill, so whatever.
I instantly felt better on this run. Thank. You. I averaged a 9:46 pace, but felt strong and energized the entire time. On the easy runs, I’m just trying to keep it comfortable. I want to be able to have a conversation and belt out some lyrics when my song comes on, even if it’s only 5 words at a time. It’s amazing what a difference of better hydration, sleep, and fuel will do to you.
Unfortunately, that was the last time I felt good. Sunday night sleep was hard to come by and I ended up with 5 hours of sleep. It partially may be due to the coffee I had after Amino Energy at 1pm, whoops. So Monday I woke up feeling kind of groggy. Thankfully, it was a rest day.
Tuesday though, things started to go way down hill. I went to bed at 8:30pm Monday night, woke up Tuesday with a scratchy throat and thought not too much of it. When I got home, I was planning to run but was far too exhausted, so I napped for an hour. I still went to bed around 9:30pm and slept until the next (Wednesday) morning around 7:30!
On Wednesday, the scratchy throat continued. I decided it wasn’t a head or chest cold, just an odd feeling in my throat, so I could go out for my workout. After all it was mid-40s in January in Buffalo and I can’t pass up the opportunity to wear shorts. After my first mile aiming for 7:50 (actually ran 8:00) I started to do my recovery mile and I was beat. I figured I’d just run two miles easy, but after half a mile I had to force myself to not walk home. I’m talking near mono level exhaustion that I haven’t felt since I got mono 8 years ago. I ended up coming home to shower, take a two hour nap, and again sleep at 10pm until 7 Thursday morning.
Thursday brought the sore throat and still, the exhaustion. I don’t know how people can fight through sickness. I feel like such a wimp. Like, my symptoms aren’t that bad. I can breathe. My body doesn’t ache. I don’t have a headache. But man, that exhaustion will kill you. I feel terrible for skipping my Thursday run, but honestly, the 25 minutes I ran yesterday took me out for the rest of the night. Instead, I did put some effort into doing the small things and opted for about 30 minutes of yoga, which I figured might make me feel better but instead left me laying on the couch as though I ran a half marathon. Come. On.
I have another ten miler coming up Saturday and I hope I feel better for it. My last four miles are considerably faster, and if the weather holds up (as it should), heading out on the roads is a possibility.
Do you guys opt to workout when you’re sick, or just take a couple days to recoup and nip it in the bud upfront?