Damn this week hit hard. Not because the training was particularly difficult, but because I got sick. The toughest thing during a training cycle besides dealing with an injury is getting sick. It feels like a huge setback, and it can be, depending on how you deal with it.
After the 5K and brunch last Sunday, I was feeling a bit run down. I still woke up early to do my 8 miler on Monday morning and felt okay. Throughout the day though, I felt like my allergies were going nuts - my nose wouldn't stop running, I was sneezing, and my head felt like a balloon. I just assumed it was allergies and started some medication for it. I felt horrible on Tuesday morning and ended up leaving work early to go home and sleep for the afternoon. I texted my coach who told me to skip my speed workout and rest or run easy until I felt better, and I was totally okay with this.
I did my run on Wednesday in the morning, but felt terrible again afterwards. At this point I gave up on a speed session for the week - the goal was to get better so I could focus on my long run and still get in the mileage. I felt much better on Thursday, so I did the scheduled mileage from my speed workout day, but did them at a steady sub 7:50 pace rather than doing anything crazy. My body felt a bit worn down afterwards, so I rested for most of the day. By Friday, I finally felt better and my long run went well.
Besides pulling back on my workouts and not pushing myself, I really focused on my nutrition during the few days I was sick. I made sure to drink kombucha (my choice when it comes to getting probiotics), and getting whole, clean foods. Not a lot of sugar or ingredients, which is my motto on a regular basis anyways. I think it helps overall when your body is feeling rundown to not continue to feed it foods that will exacerbate that feeling.
Week 11 Schedule:
Monday: 8 aerobic miles (8:20 average)
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 6 aerobic miles (8:21 average)
Thursday: 9 miles at 7:44 average
30 minute kettle bell workout
Friday: 6 miles + 8 x 100 meter strides with 100 meter recovery between (8:21 average)
Saturday: 16 miles (7:44 average)
Sunday: 6 mile recovery run (8:37 average)
The week looks slim, and you can tell I skimped on my recovery and strength training. It was also busy - I went out to the Surf City Marathon and Half on Sunday morning with my friend Liz to cheer on Keri, one of my first clients I took on when I started coaching, and a few other amazing folks from our local running group and the larger running community. It was tons of fun and I was so glad to experience the spectator side for a change. I also enjoyed being able to attend one of my clients' events - watching Keri finish the race feeling strong and happy was amazing and I couldn't be happier for her!
I'm feeling back to normal and this week is just as busy, but these 50 mile weeks are feeling much easier this training cycle. I'm always grateful for the support system I have, not just from my coach and the running community, but from my family and friends. That's how you get through it.
Have you ever gotten sick during a training cycle?
Did you race this past weekend? How'd it go?