Sidelined By Sickness – STL Half Training Week 6

Now that we are caught up on Week 5 (and previous weeks here and here), let’s move on to Week 6.  This past week I got plagued by sickness that started in the middle of the night last Saturday night.

Monday – OFF

The sickness started as some pretty serious throat pain so I thought it was just a sore throat.  I took Monday off just to play it safe and try to get rid of it.  Spoiler alert: 1 week later and it’s still not gone.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles in 53:00 (8:09 avg pace)

I felt a little better on Tuesday and really didn’t want to take 3 days off in a row because I’ve been doing so well up until this point at sticking to my plan!

So I went down to the treadmill after work and ran 6 miles varying randomly between 7.2 and 7.6, then finished with .5 fast from 8.7 to 9.5 (increased by .2 every .1 miles.)

Wednesday – 2 mile warm-up + 3 x 1 mile hard + 2.2 mile cool-down

I believe Wednesday was the day I started to feel like my sore throat was a lot better, but it was beginning to transform into more of a cold/congestion.  I really wanted to get this mile repeat workout in because I wanted to see what I could do.  Obviously, it’s a little different on the treadmill because who knows what I would’ve been able to do outside, but this just has to do in the winter.

Both my warm-up and cool-down miles were between 7.3 and 7.5 speed on the treadmill.  I did each of the mile repeats at 6:44 pace.  The rest between was supposed to be 75 seconds jogging, but I ended up doing 1 minute off the treadmill to drink water and stretch lightly + 75 seconds jogging.

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The last half mile of each was really hard, but I kept pushing through it and was especially telling myself on the last one that I just need to finish and not to use being sick as an excuse…because it would hurt whether I’m sick or not.  I think I can say it was the sweatiest I’ve gotten in a longgg time.  Luckily it was like 7:30pm by this point so not many people were left in the office gym to see the aftermath.

Thursday – OFF

Technically I went down to the treadmill after work and ran 1 mile.  The cold was in full force this day and I knew going into it that I definitely wouldn’t go the total prescribed mileage of 9.  After just a mile I decided it’d be best not to push it today with the hopes of being well enough to do the long run this week.  It felt good to run that mile though which kinda got out some of the soreness from the mile repeats.  Didn’t even break a sweat.

Friday – OFF

Worked from home.  Didn’t have any human contact other than the fro yo worker lady.  I got fro yo for lunch because my throat hurt so much that the thought of solid food was not gonna work.

Saturday – 6 miles in 50:15 (8:22 avg pace)

Again, I didn’t want more than 2 full days off in a row so knew I’d have to do something.  I headed to the treadmill in my condo building, which I’ve only used to walk on before and I thought looked questionable for running on.  This was proven when I started and the entire thing started to shake after I got to a decent speed.  I kept it nice and easy – all between speeds of 7.0 and 7.4.

Then I watched the Olympic Marathon Trials!!  And was obsessed and I just want to be as fast as them.

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Sunday – 5 miles in 41:30 (8:18 avg pace)

Super easy run again.  After watching the Trials, I was super motivated and I had literally nothing to do all day and was probably going to go crazy if I sat in my condo sick and alone all day.  So I went back up to my shakey treadmill and did 5 miles.  The Fitbit competition my cousin started was also part of my motivation:

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Sorry Eric…

But yeah, definitely won’t be able to rely on those treadmills if I even want to do anything faster than an 8 minute pace, but good to have them up there for situations like this.

Do you ever run through a cold?

Would you rather do mile repeats outside or on the treadmill?

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