Training: Sickness and Cut Back Week

Another week of training down.  This week is different from usual because I picked up a virus on Thursday.  This meant a lot of R&R and sleep.  I miss two runs and a workout, but that’s how life goes.

Monday: Easy Run
Tuesday: Easy Run
Wednesday: 6X1 miles (average 6:19)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Long Run with Julie


Easy runs were just that, easy.  I ran early.  It was great except I got caught in the pouring rain during the last mile on both Monday and Tuesday.  I thought I had beaten the storm, but sadly, I did not.

Workout Wednesday: 6×1 mile hill repeats with 90 seconds rest (average 6:19)

This is my fastest mile average by 13 seconds.  It felt like a hard workout, but I do feel as if I’m building a lot of fitness.  It was rainy and windy, but I had a great workout.  Sometimes I loathe hill repeats, and sometimes I’m excited to get back to them.  It depends on my mood of the week.  Last week I was excited to run fast, and I had my best mile repeat workout in a while.

mile repeats

On Thursday, I needed a rest day.   Around 2 pm, I found myself exhausted and getting sick.  It felt as if I woke up from a long run for three days straight.  Honestly, it was awful and the worst sickness I’ve had in a long time.  On Saturday, I felt better but not enough to run.  It was an unexpected rest/cut back week.

I promised my friends and coworkers; I would run with them on Sunday, and luckily I felt good enough to do that.  To be honest, I had been looking forward to the run all week, so I was glad I felt better.  She had a workout for her marathon of 3-mile warmup and 11 miles at race pace.  We crushed the goal even with wind and hills. We had a good run and after feeling exhausted and lethargic for a few days, it was nice to get out there.  I felt a lot better after running.

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This week was not what we planned but looking at my training log; it’s okay.  I haven’t had a cutback week since before Carlsbad half marathon (shame on me).  I haven’t rested that long for a while, and my body needed it.  It’s actually perfect timing for my Spring races because I still have three weeks until Shamrock half marathon.  To be honest, once I get back into the routine, it probably won’t affect me.  Will I remember this 3-day break in a month?  The answer is no.

I can’t say I’m starting next week 100% fresh because I still feel under the weather but hopefully in a few more days I will feel better. My guess is I’ll feel back to my awkward self by Wednesday.

Questions for you:
Do you workout when you’re sick?
I usually don’t because I’m miserable, and I just want to nap.
What was your favorite workout of the week?


  1. Training when sick depends on how sick I am and what stage of training I am in.
    Favorite workout is one hour one the bike in zone 3 then on the run 3 miles with each mile faster than the last.

  2. I am glad you are feeling better and had a good run with the coworkers yesterday. It was neat that you got to do the training run with them before their race.

    Working out when sick… I don’t get sick much, but it depends. If I just feel a little off, or sniffly, I tend to run anyway but maybe rearrange any speedwork. But something like a virus, that definitely means days off! Sometimes it’s better to just take the days off than try to run through an illness anyway.

  3. Really good call taking a few extra rest days due to the virus. It just isn’t worth it to push through and prolong the illness. I’m usually conservative about training when feeling sick, especially when it’s early in the season.

  4. I love that you’re OK with taking the time off that you need to. That’s so crucial to learn that! I used to workout no matter what, but now a days I’m totally comfortable with taking some time off when I’m feeling sick!

    1. I feel like it’s not even worth working out while feeling sick because you just feel miserable anyways!

  5. Ugh sorry you’re not feeling great. Hopefully you’re completely back to normal this week. If I’m feeling really crappy I definitely do not work out while I’m sick. Sometimes the fresh air helps but usually rest is what I need to start feeling better fast.

  6. I don’t typically workout when I’m sick. I just don’t have the energy, and usually I can’t breathe anyway. I do sometimes go to yoga since its very low impact, or take a easy walk through the neighborhood just to move around. Glad you are on the mend!

  7. Hope you feel better soon!! I took an unexpected rest day on Friday because I felt horrible too. I am back to feeling like myself, thankfully. I usually rest if I am really sick, but sometimes take a short walk to just get some fresh air. Have a great week!

  8. I usually take a rest day if I am feeling sick and just sleep it off. If it’s a minor cold, I will play by ear, but usually sleeping it off is the best bet for getting better asap! Hope you feel better soon!

  9. I very rarely get sick, like once every couple years and even then, it is usually just a cold. If I’m not feeling too terrible, I will usually go for a short run with no particular distance in mind. If I feel ok, I’ll go with it, if I don’t, I have no problem stopping. Other times, I just rest and wait until I feel better! I hope you’re feeling much better now! Have a great week Hollie!

  10. I was so sick with a cold 2 weeks ago. I took 3 rest days, which is very rare for me. By the 4th day I had to teach yoga and I had enough of a voice but took the rest of the day easy. Was feeling better by the 5th. I hope you feel 100% again soon. Sometimes resting helps us come back stronger anyway

  11. Sleeping is all I want to do when I’m sick too. To me it’s not worth it to work out and have maybe an “okay” workout and continue being sick, when I could be resting. I hope you feel better this week!

  12. I’m so sorry to hear you’re dealing with feeling off. that is the worst! I hate not feeling my best, so it is always a bummer to hear that someone els is going through it 🙁 I love that you listened to your body and changed it up when you needed to!

  13. Glad you’re feeling better , it good you took a break your body needs’ll be back to running soon in no time.
    Happy running.

  14. I’m glad you’re feeling better and well enough to run on Sunday!
    I spent 4 days off from work this week fighting off the flu – it was awful.

  15. depends on what kind of sick i am but if im not coughing i will usually at least run. if im coughing or its a stomach thing then no i rest rest rest! sorry you werent feeling well but happy you got to enjoy a run with your friends especially since its something you had been looking forward to!

  16. Mile repeats on the road is one of my favorite workouts. I’m curious about your mile hill repeats, and how you do them. Do you have a road with a co tenuous incline for a mile? Or do you run down and up the hill in the mile?

    1. They are fun right Carolyn? Something about them normally goes by quickly.

      To answer your question, I gave a nice loop I’m able to run circles around!

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