I was feeling pretty great through Tuesday. I had a Pace Booster run, and it went fantastic. I felt like my old self, with light feet, relaxed gait and quick legs. The total run lasted 70 minutes including the warm up and cool down, with 2 times 15 minutes intervals and – 4 minute recovery jog between them. My first interval was at an average 7:42/mile pace and the second was 7:26. It felt pretty effortless.
So I was surprised when late yesterday I started feeling a rumbling in my upper respiratory. I had a fitful night of coughing, but I felt mostly ok this morning. Went to my usual personal training session, and my trainer took it easy on me (he didn’t like the sound of my cough — he’s smarter than I am about my health, thank goodness). I was going to do a 65 minute easy run today, but I ended up doing just 50 minutes and at an even more easy pace than planned. Which didn’t feel all that easy. My heart rate was a little high for the pace, which means my body isn’t quite itself today.
I’m glad I decided to do the run on the treadmill because 1) it was easier to cut the run short when I needed to, and 2) it was raining and in the low 40s outside. As soon as I got off the treadmill, I knew I was in rough shape. I shivered all the way home. My temperature was over 101 and I was coughing up the before mentioned yuck in a neon color that tastes like infection (sorry, TMI). I had a hot shower, got into my pjs, and fell asleep of the sofa watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer <= comfort TV.
Oh, and I sound like a two-pack-a-day smoker. Charming.
Unlike when I got sick in November, I’m not going to push my luck. I’m running the NYC Half in a few weeks, but it’s not a goal race. It took me this long to get back to close to my fall fitness, so I don’t want to have another do-over because I “need” to stick to a training schedule. Luckily, my germs presented themselves at the start of a scheduled recovery week.
Back to my Buffy episodes. See, there’s a bright side to being sick. Except that there’s evil clowns in this episode. I may have to skip this one.