I talked about getting a fresh start in 2019. This was not what I had in mind.
I haven’t run a step in 2019. I haven’t even looked at my running shoes, much less thought about putting them on and going for a jog.
Nope. Not happening.
The last time I ran was in 2018 and that was a whooping 1.3 miles on Sunday, Dec. 30. I was starting to feel a little under the weather before that failed run Sunday morning. My throat was sore and I was tired. Ten minutes into that run, I basically slowed to a walk. I had no energy, breathing was hard and I wanted to be home in bed.
Home is bed is basically where I have been all week. I left the house to go to work my usual work schedule (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday so far), but the majority of my time, I’ve been in bed reading, coughing, sneezing and generally feeling miserable.
I’m starting to feel better, though I still have a pretty nasty cough. Oh, and my throat and chest hurt from coughing so much (I’m getting a killer ab workout). I’m still not sure when I’ll run again. I was considering hopping on the treadmill for a few minutes this afternoon, but I’m worried 30 seconds in I’ll have a coughing fit and have to quit.
In the grand scheme of things, this setback isn’t a big deal. It will certainly have an impact on my goals for the Mid Winter Classic, but my real goal races are in March and October. I have a long time to get over this cold and get some solid training in.
And while I haven’t been training super hard, I have pretty much been in the same routine since I started running semi-regular mileage at the end of March/start of April. I’ve hovered between 25-40 miles for the last eight months. I switched things up a little bit in the MWC class at Fleet Feet, mixing in some different workouts, but basically my mileage and my workouts have been close to the same all year.
I don’t think a complete hit of the reset button before fully diving into training is a bad thing.
If I am being honest, however, I’m a little worried and annoyed by this. I feel like every time I start to get into a groove, something pops up. I haven’t really been able to dive into training since my knees shit the bed without getting distracted or knocked off course by something. I’m worried about how I’m going to react when training for the marathon starts, my mileage increases and my workouts get harder. Will I hold up to all that extra work? Will I have done enough work in advance to be ready to hold up to all that extra work?
So, this is not exactly the way I wanted to start the new year. I’m not going to freak out about it, though, and I’m not going to rush out and go for a run because I think I need to. What I need to do is get over this freaking cold so when I do get back at it I don’t have any setbacks. My 2019 goals are to crush races later in the year, not crush training in January. So as frustrated as I am that I am not running, I’m trying to be smart and patient.
Eventually, I will get that fresh start.