The “We are all in this together!” posts are weekly training updates – glimpses into my personal training weeks with all the highs and lows, struggles and successes, and some of my thoughts along the way.
No recap last week as over that weekend the flu struck hard and continued this past week. Runs were great up until about 10 days ago, strides and hills including a great moderate hill workout (2,4,2,4,2 repeats). Snowshoe runs and skiing continued providing variety and an opportunity to be out on the trails. Consistent with strength training x2/wk and yoga. It felt awesome to begin building into more focused training. I was feeling great, then came some unexpected hurdles.
First, the flu – which is particularly hard to beat this year I feel like. It’s brutal and I still can’t taste or smell anything. I am feeling completely wiped out. I have developed significant sinus pressure and congestion and am thinking that it is about time for a trip to the MD. This is all so bizarre because I typically do not get sick. Not sure what is different this year – maybe my new schedule? Anyway, my typical rule of thumb is to run if it is above the shoulders (congestion w/o cough, etc.) and not run if it is below (vomiting, heavy coughing, body aches/chills etc.) – within reason. The priority is trying to rest, recover, and stay hydrated. Second, I received a totally unexpected termination of lease notice from my landlord stating the house will no longer be a rental as he will be moving in to live here. This led to a stressful mad search for an apartment. All in all, about 4 days of rest from running this past week. Ended up getting in a few easy runs and a ski but feeling tired and taking it really easy.
Not a pretty training week but I feel like it is just as important to share the struggles. Not only because we all experience them, but also because there is “training” in the struggle. Has this past week been pleasant or gone as planned? Absolutely not. Am I making it through, and do I know that I will come out on the other side just fine – knowing damn well I have been through much worse? Absolutely. This is exactly what I remind myself of during tough parts of races. Life provides all kinds of opportunities to “train”, even when we’re not running as we’d hoped.
Hoping to feel better and run stronger this week!
Have a great week!
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