As most of you know, the first half of this week was very uneventful in regards to my training. After being sick for almost a week, I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday. After a negative strep test, the doctor concluded that I had an upper respiratory infection “of some sort” and sent me home with three different prescriptions. Thankfully, after a couple of days on the meds and pretty much nothing but going to work and coming home to rest, I finally started to feel like my normal self again.
I set out to do a test run on Thursday, to see if running the Clarendon Day 10k was even a possibility. I stepped onto the treadmill with no thoughts about how long to run for, how far to run, or at what pace to run. I just ran. After 25 minutes, I decided that my body was done, and that on Saturday I’d go with the flow and see how I was feeling.
My training this past week went a little something like this:
Mon 9/22 – 1.23 mile walk around the neighborhood with Riley, after which I couldn’t stop coughing (and was my final straw to take myself to the doctor on Tuesday)
Tues 9/23 – Rest day
Wed 9/24 – Rest day
Thurs 9/25 – 2.42 mile treadmill run, 0.38 mile cool down walk
Fri 9/26 – Rest day
Sat 9/27 – Clarendon Day 10k
Sun 9/28 – Lots of walking around Baltimore (we were there for a Ravens tailgate)
Total Weekly Mileage – 10.44 miles (2.52 miles less than week 3)
Total ATM Training Mileage – 47.42 miles
Apparently the requirement for me to PR at 10k races is that I have to be sick. My old PR that I set last September at the Perfect 10 10k was reached while I was sick with a sinus infection. Last weekend, I reached a new PR at the Dulles Day 10k while sick, and this weekend I set another new PR as I’m on the tail end of my recovery. Its amazing what our bodies are able to do, even when they’re not at 100%!
I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to put in the work for one more high intensity week of training this week, capping it off with one last long run before I taper for a week. Its hard to believe that my big fall race is just two weeks away!
QOTD: What are you currently training for? How is your training going?