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What a week! This past week was busy and long, and part of what made it so long was that I was sick for most of the week.
Monday, September 18th
Since I completed my 20 miler last Sunday, I took a complete and total rest day on Monday. I usually prefer to start the week off with a workout but my body was still recovering from running 20 miles and needed the rest.
Tuesday, September 19th
I decided to do a running commute to daycare for my first post-20 miler run. There’s no way to describe my run other than it was extremely hard. Between the heat (it was in the 80s), my tired legs, and pushing the BOB stroller, I struggled during the entire run. The fact that I struggled as much as I did during my run should have also been a sign of what I would face later in the week: coming down with a cold. Following my run I did 25 minutes of full body strength training.
Wednesday, September 20th
Although I had a sore throat, I didn’t have any other symptoms or signs that I was getting sick, so after work I headed to the gym. I did a 30 minute workout on the elliptical, followed by 20 minutes of weight training. I didn’t get to workout as long as I would have liked, as I needed to get to daycare to pick up little man.
Thursday, September 21st
When I woke up Thursday morning, there was no denying that I was sick with a cold. Since I was just congested and otherwise felt fine, I decided to turn my run into a long walk, during which I picked little man up from daycare.
Friday, September 22nd
I felt absolutely miserable on Friday. After running a bunch of errands after work, I came home and immediately fell asleep on the couch. There was no way that I could have worked out had I wanted to. I just had no energy.
Saturday, September 23rd
I had my first of three races of the weekend on Saturday, and when I went to bed Friday night I had no idea whether I’d feel up for running. Thankfully, I felt a bit better when I woke up on Saturday, though I was still very congested, but at least I was no longer achy. I ran the Dulles Day 10k as planned, though my pace was a bit slower than I would have liked given how flat the course was.
Sunday, September 24th
My second two races of the weekend were the Clarendon Day 5k followed by the 10k. Both races together made up the Clarendon Day Double. When I registered for these races, I figured that it would be a fun way to complete my last double digit run before the marathon (I also ran and power walked 1.69 miles from the finish line back to the start line in between the two races.) Just like with Dulles Day, my pace was slower than I would have liked since both races are a net downhill, but given that I was still sick all I could do was do the best that I could.
Total Weekly Mileage – 29.58 miles (7.23 miles less than week 15)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 447.06 miles
QOTD: How do you manage your training when you’re sick?