After more great weeks of training than I can count, I knew that I was bound to face a training set back. Unfortunately, that happened this week, as I came down with my first cold of the school year. This cold has been a bit of a roller coaster, as I’ve felt great one day, then the next I felt pretty run down and miserable. That’s probably the result of thinking that I was on the mend, and then pushed myself, when I really hadn’t fully recovered yet.
I’ve always been somebody who tries to not make excuses for my inability to complete physical activity. I’ve always been an active person, and I find it very difficult to accept the need for rest and recovery, especially when I’m sick. Although I pushed myself to run the Dulles Day 10k on the Runway on Saturday (at which I broke my 51 week old PR by more than two minutes), it seems to have actually set me back on the road to recovering from this cold.
With another 10k next Saturday, and the Army Ten Miler in three weeks, I need to focus on taking things easy this coming week. While I always want to put my best foot forward at every race that I run, I also need to put my health first.
Mon 9/15 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, kettlebell squats swings, abs, arms, shoulders, chest, back, glutes
Tues 9/16 – Rest day
Wed 9/17 – 3.10 mile treadmill run, 0.47 mile cool down walk, chest, arms, abs, legs
Thurs 9/18 – Rest day
Fri 9/19 – Rest day
Sat 9/20 – Dulles Day 10k
Sun 9/21 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 12.96 miles (2.32 miles less than week 2)
Total ATM Training Mileage – 36.98 miles
I’ve made a promise to myself and Preston that I will take better care of myself this coming week. And if that means I don’t get to train much or at all, then that’ll be the case.
QOTD: When you’re sick, do you take your time to recover or do you push yourself to start working out again as soon as possible?