It started with a niggle. What is a niggle you say? According to Kara Goucher, its little aches and pains that aren't necessarily an injury, but more of a troublesome annoyance. My whole body started to ache. Maybe i managed to pull ever single muscle at once? Maybe i woke up in my sleep and finally did the strength training i have been missing? Maybe my whole body was filled with lactic acid? I don't know, i'm not a doctor, dammit.
But then came my long run on Saturday. I have good runs, and bad runs, but rarely do i have a run that is so horrible that i am convinced i am dying and can't finish. It was so ugly it was beyond words. And for a 15-miler and a comfortable pace, it shouldn't have been like that. Needless to say, i stopped at 13 and actually had to lay on the ground for 30 minutes because i couldn't drive myself home. By the time i did get home, all i could do was lay on the couch and nap. It was official. I was the only moron to who gets sick in the middle of summer.
Needless to say, my training is at a complete hiatus. I shouldn't even be at work, but they seem to frown upon taking sick days, so i will proceed to spread my germs all over the office. I am starting to feel panicky because of the rapidly approaching Chicago Marathon. How will i over come this huge snafu in my training??
Here's the thing: Because i have a blog, i am able to review all my training from the last marathon! And guess what? The day i did 15 miles, i completely failed, it was the worst run of the entire training season, and i ended up getting sick. Are we noticing a trend? Obviously, i have some kind of "halfway through training" wall. And after that first crappiest run ever, i got some advice which i will now share with you:
Take some time off. Seriously. When your body is sick, it means that you have managed to piss off your immune system, and that is a system you want on your side. A lot of people get sick when they increase mileage. It's a shock to the system. Taking a week off isn't going to impact your training. Running when you are sick or injured might. That's the advice i got, but that doesn't mean it's easy though. I felt guilty as hell sleeping for 14 hours yesterday and not running, and seeing as it will most likely be a repeat tonight, you can expect my blog to be very lame this week. But, i feel confident that i will rebound and be back to training in a week (or whenever i feel human again) :)