Sunday, December 18, 2011

The One Where I Ask, "Will I Ever Run Again?"

So I thought I beat the flu and went for my usual Monday morning run this past Monday.  However, I realized that I was still a bit under the weather, so the two days leading up to my colonoscopy were reserved for "rest" (I really didn't want to do anything on my prep day, anyway, although I had thought about running, but since I couldn't eat anything, I thought better of it).  I had planned to do my usual long, slow run on Saturday.
And then Friday - BAM!
The cootie express rammed right into the Philistine house, knocking me back.
I *think* it's a cold instead of the flu, but I have a fever and some aches, so who knows?
The most frustrating thing is that it's smack dab in my training for the half marathon at the end of January.  I missed a 7-mile run two Saturdays ago, and this coming Saturday (Christmas Eve), I am supposed to run an 8-mile run.  I"m not sure I'll be prepared to do it, regardless of how slow I make Zooey go.
Thus, I have a decision to make - do I go ahead with the half marathon training for London's Run (its last year!), or do I opt for the 10K and do a half marathon later on down the line (knowing full well that it won't be long after London's Run that it will get too hot for me to realistically want to run farther than 2 miles)?
I'm pretty sure I'm a little too loopy from this bug to make an informed decision today, but I'll have to make one here soon - I need to register for the run as well as let Veronica know if I'm going to disappoint her by doing the 10K.
Have you ever been flattened out from illness in the middle of your training?  What did you do?  How did you recuperate?


  1. Not that I know anything about anything, but my inclination would be to go for the half. You are only running 1 extra mile this week than the run you missed, and you've run several 10Ks, so I think you can do it.

  2. Runners: The best ever at playing headgames with THEMSELVES.

    It's the truth. Go for the half. Run 7 OR 8 miles this week and then jump back on the milage train next week. You will cross the finish line. Just make sure to be gentle to yourself and have faith!

  3. Yup---I'm with the other two...My gut says go for it! But if your gut (heart,) says otherwise...If your strength is just too zapped and the holidays are NOT the time to press on, then don't. There will be other races, of course. :)
    But if you ARE just being mental--quit it and go for it! You'll be fine, and maybe the rest will make you do all the better!
    ANd for goodness' sake, Enjoy the holidays!

  4. That has happened to me twice. Both times I succumbed to the cold and the couch...and regretted it! Go for the half. Run even if your sick, but be gentle.

  5. Thanks for the advice, #RunningPackintheSky! I haven't run since last Monday, and I'm not sure I'll be up to it Saturday (although I'll try) - we'll see what I can make it through. Then I'll adjust next week. Zooey is certainly chomping at the bit to get back out there!