Upper respiratory infections, I understand you might come around in the winter, but mid-June? Really?
OK, so I got sick. I started feeling a little down and took a couple of days off running. no big deal.
Then I started coughing, and coughing, and coughing. And I just couldn’t stop. The doctor said “well, you probably have bronchitis or pneumonia. We can tell you for sure with a chest x-ray.”
I decided to pass on the chest x-ray, as the treatment is the same for either. I got some good cough medicine, except it was laced with codeine, which made me sooo tired. I waited a few days to see if I improved on my own before taking the anti-antibiotics. Which, even when I did start taking them didn’t do anything.
My breathing was bad, I couldn’t make it up two flights of stairs. Remember, at work I walk up six flights a day, multiple times. I kept thinking, I could probably go to the gym and get on the bike. At least I would still be doing something. But by the time the boys went down, I was ready to go down too!
Fast-forward to more then three weeks…
I am still kind of coughing, but I can breathe now. Have I been running yet? Nope, but I will go to the gym tonight. I promise. I plan on doing intervals, switching between running and walking, and I will also do the bike. That way I can get a long workout in, with out over taxing my lungs.
I do have a huge race in a couple of months. I know I need to ease back into things, but I don’t have a lot of time to train. I have to go from no miles to thirteen in two months….
That is mentally daunting. I start to feel down, start thinking I can’t do it.
But I will over come!
Just. Keep. Running.
If you are looking for some tips to push through a setback check out this post by FriskyLemon.com
C25K interval information can be found here