I finished last week’s training with a pretty solid weekend worth of training and had a solid run and swim on Monday. And then “BANG!” I woke up Tuesday feeling like crap. My head felt like it wanted to explode from the pressure, my ears were ringing and I wasn’t hungry. I had to go to work at least for half a day to finish up an experiment I had scheduled in the morning. I went home at noon and slept for most of the afternoon. I emailed my coach to let her know I felt like crap, but I still wanted to at least attempt to ride my bicycle lightly. She told me to go to bed.
I’m the person that will totally tell you to skip your workout and rest if your sick; however, I don’t like to follow my own advice. I HATE missing workouts. It makes me feel lazy and I get restless. BUT I do know that if I miss a couple of days it won’t mean much in the long run. However, I have a 10 mile race on Sunday. Not the week to get sick! I kept having flashbacks to my first half marathon I did in November 2010. I trained for it and I paid the $50 entry fee so I was ready. It was one of my goals for the year so I had to do the damn race. Then two weeks before the race I got a really nasty cold. Like one of those colds that completely knocks you off your feet. I’m the type of person who hates to miss work or school because they don’t feel well. If I do miss a day it’s because I’m really sick. I missed several days of work that week because frankly I just couldn’t breathe. My father woke me up one morning and I seriously thought I was going to suffocate because both my nose and throat was so full of shit that I couldn’t breathe. I started feeling better a couple days before the half, but I was far from 100%, but I did that damn race. One of my friends ran as my pacer during the race. She wasn’t really pacing me because I’m sure a turtle was faster than me. She more or less kept me moving. I’m pretty sure if she didn’t run with me I would still be on the side of a road in a ditch in York. There were a few times I just wanted to punch her in the face because she was annoying me with her encouragement. I was miserable! But, I finished! In retrospective I should not have done that race, but I stuck through it and finished! I’m stubbornly determined!
Anyway, I felt a little better on Wednesday. I still only worked a half day and finally decided to suck it up and buy some sinus medication. I’ve felt pretty good the past couple days but I have been taking it easy and resting. The 10 miler on Sunday is not only going to be a race, but also my HR re-test. My coach gave me a goal pace for the race. At first when I saw it on Training Peaks I thought she was nuts! I have had a few really good runs, including a long run on the course last Saturday, so I feel pretty good at obtaining my goal pace. That was before getting sick, but I still think I can do it. I need to channel my inner running goddess and feel the power. I don’t like running and I have a hard time pushing myself during running. When it starts to hurt I like to stop because it’s not fun. I can push myself hard during the bike and swim parts because I enjoy that, but when it comes to running I start telling myself negative things and give up. I’m working on forgetting those negatives and pushing myself to break the barrier. But… more on that at another time.
My training this week has been pretty much a wash, but I did get some good news. I filed my tax returns last night! Yay for big tax returns! I also found out I get to walk at graduation in May because I will be finished with my Masters in December! I also get “hooded” too! Exciting!