The highlight of this week has been the one non running thing I actually did - which instantly says something about how my running has been! Starting with the good; I watched the excellent Skid Row Marathon at the cinema on Wednesday (see image), a powerful film which to me emphasised just how transformational running can be to life. The film was being screen in selected UK cinemas for one night only, but I recommend if you do get a chance to watch it in future, you definitely take it! Now the not so good; running has been an effort all this week thanks to a niggling and draining cold. My germs started last weekend and I seem to have been unable to shake them...
MONDAY: as it was beautiful Bank Holiday Monday I took an easy 3 mile round run to the gym and back for a Body Pump class, not wanting to push my legs too much after Sunday's North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. My cold was stuffy and in my head, am sure you know the type, and the warmth of the day did not help how I felt.
TUESDAY: on another warm day I tried to run later in the day hoping it would affect my cold less. Short answer: it did not help. I ran 6 miles which just did not feel that great, and I had the first sense that I just lacked any real energy.
WEDNESDAY: heading out for an early morning 5 miler I was not really sure why I was expecting to feel any better than yesterday. I felt worse - my legs were lead and just not wanting to run, and my cold was seemed like it was somehow in full grasp of my body.
THURSDAY: I hoped I would start to feel better as the week wore on but today was the biggest struggle. I had a headache all day and just felt lethargic. Me being me, I pulled on my trainers after work still and did an easy 4 mile round run to the gym for Body Pump. Exercise made me feel better mentally, but my body still was not right when running; it just did not feel like me - which sounds a weird thing to say, but it didn't.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: to say I felt better running parkrun last week after a night out celebrating, drinking too much and on very little sleep, probably gives the best indication of how much I struggled today. As much as I love parkrun, today's run was horribly hard work and also a little frustrating to feel so rubbish. Time wise I should be happy that I managed 21:04 still, but it was only small consolation for how I physically felt. On the bright side, Lincoln parkrun had another record turn out of runners and I loved seeing so many people I know from various areas of my life joining the community.
SUNDAY: simply another horrid run. I set off for a steady ten miler and from the start it all just felt unnatural and nowhere near as comfortable as it should. By mile 9 I was wiped out and dragging my feet home. It really hit me today just how much my cold had zapped from my body, I know I am guilty of not exactly easing off that much this week, but I get caught it a bit of a catch 22 - I want to run to make myself feel better, but it doesn't actually help me get better!
Next weekend I am heading to Liverpool for the Rock n Roll Race Weekend - the fourth time I have taken part in the event. I really want to run well, so I know I need to be kind to my body these next few days ahead.
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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