Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Playing with fire...

Later than evening after  my 13.1 time trial on Sunday I noticed my throat was a little scratchy...and I remembered my HR had been a bit higher than usual that morning and it wasn't particularly great during the run either.


Monday and Tuesday my throat felt like I was coming down with something for sure. I bagged Tuesday's 5 mile base run just to be safe. The last time I didn't listen to my body in a case like this I came down with a full blown cold.


Come dawn Wednesday (today) I laid in bed and tried to figure out what to do. I had a tempo run on the schedule with 3x12 min at 10k pace (8m/m). Should I do it? Should I not run at all again? Maybe do the base run I skipped instead?


It was raining cats and dogs yesterday but this morning there was some sun and it was not raining so I decided to do the run. My throat had some crud in it but it wasn't hurting so I figured it would clear out once I got up and going.


There was a rainbow out during the run which I hoped was a good sign.


It went well...I felt pretty strong...some lingering effects from Sunday (some soreness on the outside of my right glute/hip) but not too bad and I didn't feel sick or anything. (But during the actual run you almost always feel a lot better...the real impact comes later.....that night or the next day.)


Split Dist Pace HR % WHR Cad YPB
1 1.00 9:38 115 56.6 89 1.589
2 1.00 7:58 136 73.8 92 1.624
3 0.51 7:55 137 74.6 91 1.624
4 0.31 9:46 121 61.5 86 1.495
5 1.00 8:01 133 71.3 90 1.651
6 0.51 7:59 135 73.0 89 1.630
7 0.32 9:53 121 61.5 85 1.449
8 1.00 8:00 134 72.1 90 1.640
9 0.51 8:12 139 76.2 90 1.539
10 0.96 10:24 117 58.2 85 1.442
Sum 7.12 8:43 127.7 67.0 89.1 1.578


It did rain on me a little bit during the run but nothing too bad. The HRs were quite good..so I hope that means I'm not going to get worse.


I have a good long time until race day so even if I caught a cold I could make the race..but I would lose my chance at a fast time.


These are the tough calls you have to make ...push push push...back off a touch, and push again...so hard to know what to do. 


Crossing my fingers!



9 comments:

  1. I've been there so many times. Like you said, you never feel bad during the run, it's after. I've taken the approach any more that if I feel legitimately sick, I just rest for a few days. It seems to ward off the downward spiral. Hope you are in the clear!

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  2. Take tons of Vitamin C and don't stress about getting a cold. You won't lose much if you have to miss a day....better to miss an easy day but nevertheless, better to rest and get rid of the crud.

    Crossing my fingers for you, too!

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  3. You probably did the right thing by running. Any time you can get the crowd moving outbound, it's a good thing!

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  4. Feel better! The crud is making its rounds in my house and I am afraid I will be getting it soon. NO!

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  5. I'll echo Jill -- take tons of Vit C! Fingers crossed you don't get sick.

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  6. I know it might not anything persay, but I still like Airborne when I'm either sick or on the verge of getting - its a ton of vitamins and minerals all combined. Make sure to drink a lot of water with it, since it is very concentrated. Good luck!

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  7. The decision to make the run seemed sound. You felt a bit better. However, like you said, one always feels ok during a run, but sometimes the run down feeling comes later. Hope you feel good this evening.

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  8. It's tough to know when to work out and when to pull back when sick. Feel better.

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  9. I live by the rule: if in doubt, skip the run. It is hard sometimes but I stick to it. Hope you are better already. Vitamin C it is!

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