I have been fighting illness for two weeks. I’m not complaining, my husband has fought it for 5 so I’m lucky I guess. I have been struggling to get back to “normal” feeling and happy running. I miss happy running because these last 2.5 weeks have found me forcing myself to get out there and bitching the entire time I’m getting it done. I don’t feel right and am fighting a couple of issues.
Issue #1: Making it through a run without stopping.
Yesterday I did a 7 mile long run and it was a bit of a struggle. I am not sick per se any longer but I am still taking antibiotics so I guess I can’t say I’m “better” yet. I feel better and the cough is nearly gone which I am really happy about. Despite feeling better I am sucking on my long runs, however, I am able to run my mid week 3 miles without stopping. Baby steps.
Issue #2: Need new shoes. Usually I know I need new running shoes because the backs of my legs ache and throb after a long run. This time around my legs feel like lead and I feel like I’m working much harder to propel myself along. Despite feeling better I’m still stopping during runs because I feel so tired, especially my lead legs. I think this is because of my shoes….it has to be. I’ve been running nearly 4 years and never struggled as much as I have recently to get through a long run. I really want to enjoy my run and the beautiful weather that finally has arrived. I have even slowed down a bit to try to make it easier to breathe but all I find myself doing is counting steps and miles even with music blaring in my ears. Not a happy place to be in but I’m hoping that after I get new shoes, I’ll feel better and be able to refocus on the run experience. My goal for tonight is to get new kicks and break them in a mile or two. It’s my off day but I’ll totally head out just to break them in.
Isssue #3: This is probably the challenge of correcting what’s not right and moving back into happy running, better splits and being race ready which I haven’t been able to challenge myself to because of how I’m feeling. With 5 weeks until race day I feel behind the 8 ball even thought I’m on track with training… gotta get some better times in. The last thing I want is to have a slowest ever race. I don’t mind matching a previous time but I definitely do not want to be slower. Just a mental thing I guess. On to a better week with new shoes and a hopeful outlook.