Pity Party

Hey all. Welcome to my pity party. Pull up a chair, but don’t get too close. I might hack a bright green glob of yuck on you.

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.

seriously, does anyone like clowns?

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23 thoughts on “Pity Party

  1. Karen @ runningfifty says:

    Oh, dear! So sorry to hear you are ill. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Your decision to listen to your body sounds so smart Good luck!

  2. So sorry to hear you aren’t feeling so great – that stinks!! You crushed that workout, though. At least it happened after that. Not that it makes it any better! Rest up and feel better soon!

  3. Well … THIS sucks! 😦

    On the upside you are being smart about things, but on the downside it is just awful to be sick again!

    My wife and both sons have been sick the last couple of weeks (older son is still in NYC so it isn’t related, just shared misery) … and I honestly have no idea how I can manage to be so darn healthy – not complaining though. My younger son ended up back at the doctor for a more potent anti-biotic. Fun stuff.

    It is funny about the ‘comfort TV’ – we end up watching stuff like “In the Heat of the Night” or 80s shows like that on syndication … always fun to curl up on the couch and watch those things. 🙂

    Hope you feel better soon …

  4. Feel better! Smart to take ‘er easy, but annoying all the same. My fave “comfort TV” is The Golden Girls. I’ve recently discovered “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” on Netflix and its given me a hankering to watch “Murder, She Wrote” again. Such great 80s TV.

  5. Sorry about the cold. I’m close to fighting one off my self. I gave up running at night and only ran my long runs outside. Fortunately the weather has been awesome.
    All that gunk really messes with your VOX.

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