I didn’t even want to write this post honestly. At the beginning of the week my training was looking absolutely beautiful. I recorded 35 miles in the first three days. My plan was to take the fourth day (Thursday) off and then come back for an easy run Friday, long Saturday and easy again Sunday. Following the 10% rule of increasing mileage my goal was to hit around 60-65 miles casually building back up my mileage.
Well considering nothing after the marathon has gone to plan that isn’t what happened.
Thursday’s rest day felt great. I needed it and it was a reminder that although I’m getting back into shape since the marathon but I’m not 100% there yet.
Then on Thursday night I started to feel sick. I went to bed early (not really a surprise). I wasn’t feeling the greatest on Friday. Instead of taking another rest day I made a short trip to the gym and did the elliptical for about 30 minutes. Honestly I felt about 7/10 and the gym didn’t seem to make me feel any worse. I chalked it up to traveling and being pretty tired.
Saturday I wanted to do my first long run of 15 post marathon. Around mile 4, I started to feel like absolute dog meat so I turned around. I swallowed my pride and turned around. Not that I really posed a danger but I was lucky that Tim was running with me. It sucked. It stinks having to cut a run short no matter who you are but continuing the run would have done nothing for me. It wouldn’t build some magical endurance but only continue to tire me out. I spent the rest of the day laying around and napping.
Today I was hoping to feel better (which I’m feeling good…not great) so I’ll probably wait to run until Monday or whenever I do feel better. I appreciate all the well wishes but I feel fine to function in society just not well enough to run…these things happen when you train.
Though the first few days of the week were great, the week quickly took a down hill turn. We all have these weeks though and it’s important to rest and not push through. I could have kept running yesterday and been 7 miles away from my car…then what?
Though this wasn’t a planned rest or recovery week that is what the last few days have turned into. I haven’t felt the need to go to the gym and overcompensate with workout classes, elliptical or other forms of cross training…just recover and rest so I can run. Every person needs full rest days whether they realize it or not.
Occasionally we all need a slice of humble pie. A slice telling us we are doing too much and burning the candle at both ends. Though this week was clearly not what I had planned, I’m hoping to feel better next week and have a more productive week.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite thing to do while resting?
Relax in a hot tub.