Friday, September 13, 2013

Ups and Downs- Finding the perks in it all.

Life and training in general can be a roller coaster. This past few days alone have had some significant highs and lows. From a 10k PR, Boston Registration high....all the way down to a fever of 100+ for 5 days. But let's focus on the good things of those lows, don't want to be a Debbie-Downer after all!

1. I have been super productive this week: by making all $12 (or whatever it is) I spend on Netflix each month worth it. Scandal, Burn notice, Titanic, Safe Haven, and I don't even know what else. But I have been a productive movie watcher. 

2. I was always concerned my side of the bed wasn't broken in as much as my fiances, I'm pretty sure we are all caught up now....In bed by 4:30 each day will help with that.

3. I was worried that the store wasn't selling enough NyQuil, I didn't want them to go out of business, so I have been stocking up to help boost their sales.

4. I'm in desperate need of a new pair of running shoes right now, but you don't need them if you can't run. So this sickness has just been buying me time, very thoughtful.

5. It's been pretty hot here all week, but with a fever can come the chills, so John didn't need to worry about pushing the covers off himself at night because I was wrapped up in ALL of them like a burrito and not sharing(meanwhile it was 90 outside). I was just trying to be nice and make it so he didn't have to exert energy kicking off covers. I know, I know, he owes me!

6. We saved on our gas bill this week, because anytime you wanted to cook something you could just fry an egg on my forehead. This is my new way of saving money on bills. 

7. I'm going to have a ton of new friends soon!!! All of the NyQuil shooters I have been doing EVERY night might be enough to get me into AA, they have coffee there at least right?

8. While I haven't been running or working out, at least this sickness has my body so sore that I physically feel like I have been running a marathon every day. So at least I feel like I have been running, that's something right?

Okay, being straight with you. Yes I'm cranky, yes I am tired, yes I am beyond frustrated. Getting THIS sick with a little over 3 weeks until Wineglass, seriously has me on edge. This was supposed to be a solid week...Yassos, aerobic runs, 22 miler..and right now it's Friday and my mileage is at a big old 0.

Am I concerned this is going to affect Wineglass? Yes. But the thing is that I can't change this. I have been doing everything I can all week trying to get better. My body is run down and obviously needed the time. You don't have a 100+ fever for 5 days just because.  Maybe I've been pushing myself too hard, maybe my already weak immune system is just shot, I don't know what it is but I've got to have time to get better.

The first few days I was handling it pretty well, but now I'm downright emotional. I don't know if it's just because I'm sick, 5 days without exercise endorphins or what, but I've kind of been a mess.

I just have to keep telling myself....

Today was the first day my fever dipped back below 100. If I can muster up some energy I might try and run a few easy miles later. Shake out the legs, get the mind working, and see how much this thing has taken out of me.

I don't know what this weekend holds, we are going to Erie for the weekend to watch my B.I.L. run the marathon. Maybe I'll get my long run in and maybe I won't. Pace is out the window but I'd like to get some miles in. I am going to have to figure out my schedule for the next few weeks to see the best way to get back on track.

Tips for getting back on track after being sick?

Tell me some good things going on in your life- let's try and focus on the positive!


  1. What's worse...getting sick or dealing with an injury? They both suck, but at least you know you'll be over the fever by race day...there's one positive for ya!

  2. Sorry that you have been that sick all week! Not any fun at all. Hope you are feeling up to getting a run in this weekend. I haven't got a workout in in far far to long and I can tell I feel more blah and crabbier than I should be. Of course not sleeping and not eating enough/right isn't helping.

    Maybe this week of being sick will get it all out of your system so you are good to go for your upcoming race :)

  3. Sorry you are under the weather but there is something nasty going around. Last wednesday I thought it was really bad allergies. By Thursday I was pretty sure I had a cold. By Friday I wished I was dead. Through the weekend I slept all day while battle chills, sore throats and runny noses. I didn't run from Thursday til Tuesday. Missed my long run, missed an interview, missed out on a weekend. It was not fun. Over a week later now and I still have a sinusy headache and phlemy.
    So while it seemed to stick around for awhile, I can tell now it is almost over with. I kept my workouts all fairly easy this week because rest was more important.

  4. Hope you feel better soon..."summer" sickness SUCKS

  5. I went through a period in high school where I was sick for almost a year straight with a sinus infection. Luckily I could still swim with it though. Based on how hard you've been training I bet this won't knock you down too much come marathon day. I wish I had advice for getting better but I really don't :(

  6. I'm so sorry you're sick. This post couldn't come at a better time for me though, I haven't run since Tuesday and will run tomorrow morning. It's tough, but better now than 2 weeks from now right before my marathon!

    It'll take you a few workouts to recover (especially if being sick affects your appetite because that effects your fueling), but you will be fine in time for wineglass.

    At least you are listening to your body and resting, and not pushing things. Like someone above me said, hopefully this gets it out of your system (my system too!).

  7. Oh man. I shouldn't complain about being sick for 1-2 days. I hope you start feeling better!! Big hugs to you!

  8. Ugh. Sorry to hear you had a hiccup during recovery. I love all of your sarcasticness, though. Definitely made me laugh! And I would try doing a shake out run when you have absolutely NO fever. Let your body rest completely! Then, the day after the shakeout run, I would jump right back into your normal training. I know it sounds weird, but I would give it a try. The time off might not affect as much as you think because it was a SHORT time. Just make sure your fever goes away 100 percent because you could just prolong it!

  9. Aw, bummer, sorry you're still sick! I hope you feel better soon! You won't lose much, if any, fitness in a week.

    Have fun in Erie, it's going to be chilly in the AM, don't get pneumonia!

  10. Hope you're feeling better soon. I think you'll still be OK for wineglass. Just think of yourself as being super rested and now you have refreshed legs. The important part is that you took care of yourself this week. Hoping the best for you!

  11. I really like your attitude about this. Yes you are sick but you are still going to have a kickass wineglass race and I cannot wait to see where it goes. I know you will be okay for it and I'm glad you look care of yourself. Hope this weekend continues to improve.

  12. So sorry you're sick Laura!!! That's no fun at all. But apparently your body needed some rest time. Give it what it needs and you'll be back at it in no time!

  13. Awesome that your officially registered for Boston! sucks that your sick - I hope your feeling better by now! You probably did need the rest, now you can come back stronger than ever. With all the training you've been doing, this won't set you back at all.

  14. I am so sorry you're sick but just focus on the fact that it's still way before race day - you will totally be better by then and you'll be immune to this stupid virus too :)


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