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.
It didn’t happen.
I 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?