Getting back on track

Using my shirt to cover my mouth because, yeah, I’ve had some pretty good coughing fits

I finished the workout portion of my treadmill workout Wednesday night and stepped off the treadmill. I sat down to re-tie my shoes because my left foot was a little uncomfortable. While sitting on the floor, a puddle of sweat building up around me, I started to cough. And I coughed. And I coughed. And I coughed.

The woman on the treadmill next to me, who had also just finished her run, stopped wiping down her machine and turned toward me with a concerned look on her face. “Are you OK?” she asked, stepping off the treadmill and in my direction.

“Yes, thank you,” I answered between bouts of coughing. “It’s just, I have this cold.”

It’s been that kind of year so far.

I’m still dealing with that cold I wrote about Saturday, but I am on the mend and I have been able to get in some mileage this week. I actually started Saturday after writing that post with an easy 30-ish minutes. I was tired and sore and coughed quite a bit, but it didn’t feel awful, so I tried again Sunday. Another 30-ish minutes Sunday felt pretty much the same, but I was grateful to get some mileage in. I took my usual rest day on Monday and I tried to get back on the training plan Tuesday. I even did an abbreviated workout Wednesday (4×5 minutes at HMPish), though the coughing fit that ensued apparently left some thinking I was having a medical emergency (I’m grateful she asked, by the way, because if something really was wrong I would want someone to help).

I’m glad to be back at it a little bit, even if I’m not quite 100 percent. My lungs feel a lot better and my coughing isn’t quite so bad. I don’t have a ton of energy and my legs are a little heavy, but I’m running again and that feels good. I haven’t run outside, yet, I figure the cold would wreck havoc on my lungs and the roads are crap right now because of snow, rain, snow mix we had this week.

The best thing I can say is that during all this time feeling like crap, I’ve at least done my physical therapy every day, and I’ve done 30 pushups every day. I still need to do a lot more work and to be consistent doing that work, but considering I have felt like garbage for much of the first 10 days of the year, I’m calling that a win. I’m trying to build habits, hoping they stick and that I can build on them. That little strength work I’m doing every day is a step in the right direction.

Every thing I can do to be better and get ready to do the work for Chicago, is a bonus. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it without the coughing fits soon.


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