Starting Over. Again. 

I started training with Run Less, Run Faster in September and absolutely nailed my last couple workouts at the end of the month. I felt motivated, strong, and in my head, I had a plan for at least the next three months. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned. 

I got sick. We’re talking absolutely exhausted, hacking cough, snotty nose, nothing helps me kind of sick. 

There’s one thing you have to know about me, though. I don’t get sick. 

I’m not being cocky or dramatic, I’m being real. The extend of my “sick” is two days of a runny nose or sore throat from post nasal drip. Like, we didn’t have ibuprofen or aleve or acetaminophen in our house until my chiropractor told me to get it for my hip. My DayQuil expired 2 years ago. My full bottle of Zyrtec from BJs? That’s over a year expired, too. And that is the extent of my medicine cabinet. I don’t get sick. 

I got sick on a Friday and laid low. I figured I’d be fine by Monday. Monday came and the head cold moved to my chest. Okay, this will last a couple more days. I’ll be fine. Friday came around. I wasn’t any better and it was a week into my cold. I then hit up the drug store and gave in. Mucinex, sinus medication – I bought it all. A week later and the chest cold left and went right back to my head. At that point I went to urgent care and got a few days of steroids and a week of antibiotics. I was finishing week 3 when that ended and I finally felt better but then got stuck with wicked vertigo. So, I tried to go back to CrossFit and got through half a class before having to stop because I was dizzy.  Finally, after FOUR FREAKING WEEKS I’m better. I’m still a little stuffy here and there but I can walk more than two miles without exhaustion, I’m not wheezing, and I don’t feel like I’m having an out of body experience 24/7. PHEW. 

I run lots now
So now it’s like starting over again. That CrossFit class after a month off? I was sore for 5 days. It hurt to squat to a toilet or climb the stairs for three. I took Dunkin on two 3 mile runs and my calves are asking when I’m asking my next deep tissue massage. 

I haven’t opened my RLRF book back up to start considering targeted runs again, but the itch is there to start doing things again. Being sick wasn’t any fun, but forcing myself to take a month off when I was starting to get excited again for training might have been the best thing for me. We’ll see where I’m at in two weeks, eh?

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Brittany

Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

6 thoughts on “Starting Over. Again. ”

  1. I had a time over the summer when I had surgery. So I slacked with training before and couldn’t do any workout after for a least a month. Starting over is the worst. I did easy 3 milers that left me sore, lifting was a slap in the face with the amount of strength I lost. It gets better quickly though! 🙂

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  2. Sorry to hear that you get sick. As someone who stays sick when I get sick, I totally sympathize with being out for several weeks. Take care of yourself and don’t push yourself too hard in the beginning. It’s easier to knock yourself out again early on. It’s frustrating but taking it a little slower is much better than the risk of getting sick again by going faster.

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