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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

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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