Anyone who lost a week of training to the flu, raise your hand! 🖐🏻🖐🏻🖐🏻
Ungh…I thought I was safe. I dodged the ‘Dopey Flu’ that had plagued Disney and gotten so many of my fellow runners sick. But one week of crazy immune-system lowering work stress followed by an encounter with a flu/bronchitis sufferer and BAM…. down for the count. 😷
The thing about being wicked sick is that not only can you not work out, but you don’t even care that you can’t work out.
I quarantined myself in the guest room and the far end of the couch, I went through a box of tissues and a half a jar of hand gel, and I traded in marathon training for netflix marathon training. LOL
It hit on a Tuesday….I did not emerge from the pit of misery until sometime on Saturday. The moment I stepped out into sunlight I felt like a butterfly emerging from her cocoon. 🦋 It was glorious.
The fog had lifted enough that I was eager to try a short run. Which was perfect as the hubs was due for one too. And omg, it was 50 degrees out. So, impossible to resist.
Just an easy little 5k, alongside my best friend and new favorite training partner, was just what I needed. And shout out to the hubs – he’s a natural. So i’m glad that running the Disney 5k was enough fun that he’s decided to keep running. It will be nice having company on some short runs.
Sunday I was feeling WAY more human and decided to run again. Goal was 6 miles, and running at least 4.5 of it. I started out slow, hit a groove and just enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine i’d been missing.
And then that runner, coming from the other direction, turned behind me down a cul de sac and I had to go faster to make sure she didn’t catch me. LOL And that felt amazing…for about two miles, when I realized it may not have been my smartest idea. Its okay, I slowed down and finished all 6 running.
I just learned one does not simply race a 10k while recovering from the flu. What one DOES do however, is race hunt. Not that I needed to find a race, more that its fun to look. Its race window shopping! Until you know, you find one that you just have to have.
I’m seriously considering adding the Providence half to my calendar. Its 3 weeks before Vermont City, which is perfect timing for a time trail (like I did last year with the Blackstone half), its a course I know well. And, it has a 5k that the hubs could run as something to do while waiting for me to finish. All good reasons.
I would love a do-over on this past week, but that isn’t happening. Instead i’m going to be grateful that January is technically off-season.
And for now, I gotta kick the rest of this flu before I can kick asphalt.