The Track Workout That Wasn’t

Well, the no-work/sleeping in part of this weekend was fun… The running, not so much.

With my limited time during the week for workouts, I’ve been really determined lately to make the most of my weekends. So, despite feeling really wiped out towards the end of this week (like falling asleep at 9:30 exhausted) and having the beginnings of some congestion and a sore throat, I headed to the track Saturday morning to do some speedwork.

Track1The plan was to get back to doing Yasso 800’s. I wanted to do 6-8 repeats at 7:30 pace.

It didn’t happen.

Jennifer Lawrence GIFI warmed up with a half mile jog and then began the workout. I managed to get through 4 repeats, which were all on target with my time goal… but I felt gross. My nose was running (faster than I was!), my legs felt heavy, and my head just wasn’t in the game. My body just did not seem to want to cooperate, so I cooled down with another mile jog at a comfortable (aka pretty dang slow) pace and called it a day. I know most of running is mental, and looking back, I kind of have to wonder if I could have pushed myself to do more sets if I had stopped my negative self-talk.

I know a lot of people actually enjoy going for a run when they’re sick (I’ve heard it can make you actually feel better), but I don’t think I’m one of those people. While I did pick a pretty strenuous workout to test myself with, I don’t think I would have fared much better on a slower run around the neighborhood.

Sunday was rainy and gross all morning, and I gladly took the excuse to stay indoors and do a couple FitnessBlender videos for abs and lower-body.

I’m still not feeling 100% but I’m hoping I’ll rally in time to run a speedy time in the 5k on Tuesday. I’m really hoping to creep up a few places in my age group this week!

I hope you had a great weekend? How do you feel about running when you’re sick? Any tips for beating negative self-talk?

4 thoughts on “The Track Workout That Wasn’t

  1. charissarunning

    Aw I hope you feel better soon!!! Don’t beat yourself up for not completing your intended run. If I run when I’m sick it’s only an easy run because I know how bad it can feel. But if I feel absolutely terrible, I’m a fan of just sleeping it off. Hope you get the rest you need!! ❤


  2. kristenk

    I know how you feel! It turns out that my long run on Sunday was super crappy because I was sick 😦 Part of me is wondering if I could have pushed harder, but the other part of me is relieved to know that my sub-par performance wasn’t totally my fault! I think you did the best you could under the circumstances, and I’m sure you’ll kick butt on Tuesday after some time to rest!


  3. Awwww I am so sorry you weren’t feeling well! I don’t do well running when I’m sick. I just straight up can’t do both. If I’m sick, I’m on the couch sleeping it off. If it’s a cold, well, I might try some easy miles but definitely no speed. Just the fact that you tried AND got over halfway through is badass! Better to cut it short, rest, and get better. You chose right! Feel better soon!!!


  4. dgobs

    Ugh, I’m with you on not wanting to run (or do anything, really!) when I’m sick. Breathing while running is hard enough (I get side stitches a lot) without having a runny nose and other symptoms. Well done for doing as much as you did, and hopefully you’re feeling better!


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