You can’t get sick now

This training thing was going great! For the first time, I am following a tried and true program, which is guiding me through long Saturday runs, cross-training Sundays and shorter runs during the week, not to mention glorious rest days. It is all in preparation for the Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville September 22.

Last week I accomplished my 8-mile run and was euphoric! I was on a roll, optimistically looking forward to the next Saturday, when I would do my never-before-achieved 9-mile run.

That didn’t happen. The outlook first became bleak Tuesday, when I felt groggy and couldn’t wake up for my 3-mile run. No problem — I ran 3 at lunch.

Halfway through my half marathon training, a sinus infection halted my progress.

Then with Wednesday came sinus pressure so ridiculous. It felt as if my head was smashed between a slab of concrete and an 8-ton elephant. No chance of running that day’s 5-mile schedule. ‘Seriously, I am getting sick now?’ I thought. ‘YOU CAN’T GET SICK NOW!’

I took a sick day. The doctor said it was just a virus and it had to run its course. (Glad something got to run!)

Thursday called for another easy 3-mile run, but I was absolutely miserable. My throat hurt and my sinus congestion was relentless. I crossed a line, rather my virus did: I had an infection. The doctor called in an antibiotics prescription for me.

Friday, the antibiotics had done little to ease my pain and suffering and I took a third sick day. Yes, I thought of all the work that was piling up at the office, but I was even more upset about the training I was missing.

I don’t do anything perfectly, but had been adhering to the Hal Higdon Novice 2 training to a T. But now, at week seven, my body shut down. I had no choice but to honor its wishes and help it heal by resting.

So on Saturday, here I sit, still a bit light-headed and groggy. I am no expert, but I bet if I tried running at all today I would likely pass out and ultimately, find myself in worse shape than I’d been earlier in the week.

I am concerned, though, about how to pick up again. I have lost almost a week of training, but the folks organizing the Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon won’t push the event back a week. Not for me. Not for anyone.

Here is my question to any runners out there who might have gotten sick mid-training: How do you recover? Can you recover? Do you pick up where you left off or start out slowly?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

About minndixiemom

I'm a Minnesota native with an Alabama heart, reflecting on the past while looking toward the future. My husband, David, and I landed in Huntsville in the late 90s through my former career in TV news. We have two amazing girls, Serina and Sophia, whom we are raising with God's guidance and grace. Besides faith and family, my passions include writing, walking, recovery, and the outdoors. By day I'm the Director of Development for WellStone, Inc., North Alabama's largest and most comprehensive mental healthcare provider.
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2 Responses to You can’t get sick now

  1. Melissa says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry you’re sick but I (and I’m sure most runners) know exactly what you’re going through. 2 weeks before this year’s Oak Barrel Half Marathon, I got the flu! And yes, I did have my flu shot last fall. 😦 It was just one of those flukes that happen sometimes. At this point in the training, I would say try to do this week’s schedule next week and then pick up from there. If your last long run is cut short by a mile, that’s not the end of the world. I think when I ran my first one, my longest run was 11 miles. So if you don’t get that 12 mile run in, you will still do just fine. If next week you’re still not up to doing what you were supposed to do this week, just do what you can. I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ll try to help you figure out how to modify your schedule if I can. You’re going to be just fine…..:)

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