Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back at It

This past weekend was rough on the running front.  I unfused myself from the couch attributing my lack of energy to mini-funk.  As weekend wore on I was on my feet, I still didn't have any energy.  I was getting out of breath walking up the stairs and I would have to sit down because I kept getting dizzy.  I didn't have much in the tank.  I thought I if I ran, I would feel better.  I made it ONE BLOCK before my knuckles started dragging.  I turned around and ran that same block home.  I determined that I needed more rest.   Fast forward to Monday.  I went to the doctor to find out I had a Double Ear Infection and Sinus Infection.  I got some antibiotics, a couple of good sleeps, and now I am starting to feel like myself.

Now I have a little energy back,  I have a long run to deal with that got postponed.  I have carved out time today to get it done.  I still am not 100% but I am going to as much as I can.  My plan is 5 minutes of running with a minute or two walking right from the start....a modified Galloway Method.  My goal is to complete 12 miles this afternoon but I would be OK with 8 or 9.  I am OK with lowering the bar for this run.  If everything about this run is craptastic, at least the weather will not be.  It is a PERFECT running day.

How do you get through your runs when you don't feel 100%?

19 comments:

Lisa said...

I usually let a missed run go. Sometimes you do more harm trying to fit it in than if you just skip it and move to whatever is next on the training plan.

p.s. I think a run/walk from the beginning is a good idea

misszippy said...

Cut yourself some slack...running takes an amazing amount of energy, energy your body doesn't have to give when it's fighting infections. If you don't get it in, it's ok. There will be another day!

Charbelle said...

I tend to find that if I'm feeling run down and tired then I need to rest. If I'm thinking I'm just feeling lazy then I go out and make myself run for 10 minutes before I can stop, usually by the time 10 minutes is up I've found my groove.
I hope you feel better soon though, what you've had sounds absolutely miserable!!!

James said...

Sorry to hear about the infection. My daughter was diagnosed with bronchitis and a double in infection on Monday too. Must be that time of the year. The run/walk method has been great for me. I think I've narrowed my balance to a 3/1 format. I've actually been PRing with this! Good luck on your run today!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Put on those big girl shorts and kick some arse! Just think, your legs are rested and ready to go. No more knuckle dragging...........

FruitFly said...

A double infection? Yikes! Take care and I hope it clears up for good soon!

Vee said...

I don't run; I exercycle. How do I get through them when I don't have the energy? Except for when I was sick yesterday and didn't get ON the cycle... I just do it at a slower pace. Better than nothing.Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

bobbi said...

Ack! Infections suck - I hope you're back to 100% in no time.

I have a lot to let go of lately. Just keep moving forward, doing the best you can along the way. Sometimes that means listening to yourself and resting. That's OK!

Diana said...

Kick back and relax some! You will always have time to run. Don't run yourself down to the point of possible injury.
Enjoy the rest!

teacherwoman said...

Sometimes I just don't get through them, especially when completely exhausted. That's not worth it.

lindsay said...

whoa. aiming for 12 so soon? you have balls of steel. theoretically, obviously. i would be all about flashing that ear + ear + sinus infection card and mayyybe running a mile. i used to be bad about trying to "make up" mileage but now... psssh give me the couch. i'm so slack.

RockStarTri said...

"When in doubt, leave it out." is a motto that I train by. Don't worry about making up the run, there will be others.

Feel better

Tish said...

Take it easy. If I don't feel good, it depends. I try to run, if I can. If I'm injured or it's painful to run, I'll go the distance, but walk. I try to run through a cold if it's a head cold, but if it's in my chest, I'll lay off for a few days. I've gotten sick a lot less often since I've started exercising regularly. I take great comfort in the fact that running and walking X miles burn a equal number of calories.

Donna said...

If you know you're not feeling right, sometimes it's okay to just miss the run for the day. That said, "your best" varies from day-to-day, and what feeling good one day, might not be so much tomorrow.

I have the same mentality - "If I get out there and do it, I'll feel better." but it doesn't always happen.

I take inventory.. am I hurting? How's my heart rate? How do my legs feel? If all is in check, I know it's my head and I take that as a sign to push through.

juliejulie said...

Just found you through RLAM - you are an inspiration! I'm more of a lazy a chubby mommy runner, over at Chubby Mommy Running Club, with a 5K being a nice goal for me. After reading about you though, I think I should start trying for longer runs.

Running Diva Mom said...

Great RLAM spotlight today!

Jess said...

Sorry to hear about all the infection! That would certainly drain a person!

Even a run that's not run at 100% is still better than not running -- for me. I just remember that they can't all be great.

Sarah Jane said...

Just found your blog via RLAM. Always good to know of another Twin Cities runner.
I'm anxious to hear how your like a running club. I've never done that so make sure you post about it.
And for not feeling 100%, hmm, I usually just don't run and give my body time to feel better.

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

It depends, if it's a long run, I usually hit my stride by mile 5, if it's a shorty, than I usually do a interval run, if I really can't handle it and than all seems right in the world!