Wineglass Training

Training this past week was interesting to say the least.  I had a lot of things going on “outside of actually running” that pretty much controlled my running.

On Monday I got my MRI.

On Tuesday I heard results of my MRI.  Also on Monday I got sick so I took both Monday and Tuesday off from any working out.  I have no regrets.  On another note, I appreciate everyone who is excited for me to run Wineglass.  While I would love too, I have not 100% committed to it.  I am still taking each day to make sure I am not getting any worse.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Run P90X Abs
Thursday: Run
Friday: Run
Saturday: Rest
Sunday Goal: 2:15 minutes run (last week was 2 hours).

As I said I’m comfortably getting back into running on my own terms.  If my foot hurts more, I stop.   If it doesn’t hurt, I don’t stop.  There will be a time I post my exact mileage and realistically that will be when I know.  Like last week, I haven’t been using a watch.  I’ll just check the time before I leave, vary my route so I don’t know and then come back when I feel satisfied.  Once I get home I look at the flock and see how long I’ve been gone.  That gives me an idea but I couldn’t tell you if it was 6.1 or 7.1….it seems to be working well for me.

Running Views, NJ: The Garden State
Running Views, NJ: The Garden State

As you can see it wasn’t that exciting of week.  I would have preferred to not have to take two days off from sickness but that’s life.  My training has been boring but that is how coming back from any issue, injury, niggle or whatever should be.  As I said before,

Next week:
I am debating running a (The Tidewater Striders) one mile track race. I have done it the past 2 years. It’s a very layed back and fun time. It’s one mile on the track then fun with friends. If I feel up to it I think it would be a nice way to ease back into the racing scene. Past that, I will probably just log easy miles with a possible two and a half hour long run next week.  (Depending on how today goes)

Running Views
Running Views

I also was able to schedule deep tissue massage number 6 for Tuesday.  I had hoped for tomorrow but my lady had no more spots available.

Questions for you:
What is your method and decision process to working out while sick?
Have you ever raced a mile on the track?


  1. Never raced a mile on the track. I think I’d be scared. You are always in plain view of people. I have a tough time with that. Silly, yes, but I just got up enough courage to race my first half. It’s next weekend. Since my HS XC days it will be my second race nearly 20 years later. Eek!

    Sounds like you are on the road to recovery. Congratulations. That’s the absolute best feeling. Take it easy! 🙂 Happy Sunday!

  2. I have always been bad about taking off time when sick. You got it right though, I think it’s important to take off as soon as you feel an illness coming on to avoid making it worse. I’ve made my symptoms worse by not taking time off and ultimately that hurts training more than a couple of days to recoup does. I’ve never raced on a track but that sounds like fun, and, at least it’s just a mile!

  3. I hope today goes (went) well. Baby steps! 🙂 I usually try to keep some level of activity when I am sick, depending on what the illness is. Head cold – run. Stomach flu – stay home. I’ve never raced a mile on a track…sounds fun!!

  4. I have never raced a mile on the track but I hope to race a road mile next year and look for some races on in the oval office. I’m miss the track

  5. I haven’t raced a mile on the track since high school! Every year I say I’m going to runt he Strider Mile but for some reason I always have to miss it.

    I’m so glad you are back training for Wineglass. You have a good attitude about it and are smart to hold off on a definite decision. You have such a huge endurance base that the only thing you may have lost is a bit of speed, which you have plenty of time to work back in. Good luck training and good luck at the mile!

  6. I think you are being really smart about how you come back and, it must be hard, but I think it’s great that you aren’t tracking pace and mileage yet! As for running when I’m sick, I tend to be pretty conservative and normally think it is your body telling you it needs rest and likely skip my run. However if I’m undecided, I rely on the standard rule of running if it is shoulders up and not running if it is in my chest. Good luck this week!

  7. Hopeful that things are going to actually happen for you getting to run Wineglass. I have my fingers crossed 🙂

    I always go with the ‘neck’ decision – I will go out if I have a head cold, but not if it is in my chest. At least in theory … mostly I use my exhaustion level as the guide, and still mostly push myself too hard.

  8. I’m glad you find the way you are doing things is working, and of course my fingers and everything are crossed that running stays on the upswing for you. Working out while sick is tricky, sometimes I will be a little riskier than others. Usually if involves a fever or vomiting the answer is definitely NO but beyond that I kind of play it differently each situation.

  9. You’re being smart in terms of easing back into running. Is it too cliche to say it isn’t a race? 😉

  10. I ran a one mile race on a horse harness racing track last summer. It was two laps around to make it a mile. It was fun, but I wanted to puke most of the way through it. I think they’re holding it again next Monday, but I’m not sure I’m going to do it since I’m just over a recent injury.

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