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How I Am Incorporating Alert Caffeine Gum Into My Fitness Routine

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Thank you Alert Caffeine Gum for sponsoring this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

Running With The Stomach Flu - Training Continues

Yes, it's getting closer... my next Half Marathon. I'm doing the Double Creek  half in June. And training has been going ok until I got the stomach bug. Yep, this Wednesday, Lil Man and I went to the gym. I was supposed to do a 6 mile run with a gradual build up/back off on pace with the middle mile of an 8:10 pace.

I knew that I didn't feel so great even at 1.5 miles in, but I kept going. I got to the middle mile, and I was struggling. I wanted to stop. I came so close to just pushing 'pause' but I kept going. (And I wasn't thrilled to be on the TM. Hubby had been out of town (going on 2 weeks). And I was way past being over the TM). Anyway, as soon as the middle mile was over, I walked. I knew that I needed to keep running at a slower pace. But honestly, walking felt like a huge struggle. So I walked a quarter mile, then tried to run. I don't think I made it 2 minutes until I was walking again. Finally at 4.6 miles I called it, and just got off the treadmill.

I felt like I was going to puke, but I contributed it to the harder speedier pace work. I checked my son out of the childcare and went to SAMs. About 5 minutes after I entered the store, I was shaking from chills. At this point, I thought.... maybe I'm wasn't nauseated from the run but maybe I'm sick?

Lil Man and I made it home. I put the groceries away, and then I checked my temp. Yup, I had a fever. And 3 days later, I'm still not back to 100%. I was finally able to eat some 'normal' food today that so far my body hasn't rejected. My energy level is super low, but I can feel it come back a little.

I'm not sure how this will change my weekend running plans. I know that I've already missed one run on Thursday. Saturday's run has been changed from faster pace to easy. And it will depend on how Saturday's run goes if I will do my 10 miler on Sunday.

I don't like being sick - no one does. And I especially don't like missing training, but it's life. I suppose you just have to roll with it.

I guess I'll have to consider sprinting to the bathroom as my speed work this week ;)


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