Friday, October 21, 2011
Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired
Today's Workout: 7 mile run, 1:15
Today's run was slow and pokey. I wanted to take it easy. I actually didn't have much of a choice, my body is exhausted. I slept about 4 hours last night. I'm fighting some kind of cold, either flu or sinus infection, or some junk. I've got it all, the random ear ache, the achey body, the sniffly nose, the sore throat (only on one side), and just that overall feeling of exhaustion. I can tell my body is hard at work, trying to fight a nasty bug.
While my body is busy fighting, I'm busy pushing it to run faster and farther, to lift heavier and harder. I'm doubling up my workouts, my mileage, my intensity, and also waking up at the ass crack of dawn. And well, I'm feeling like shizz.
I'm over-worked, under-slept and my body is preoccupied with this damn cold, instead of healing and recovering from my workouts. It's all catching up with me, and I'm draaaaaaaging.
I really look forward to my weekend long runs with my local running group. They really push it! They maintain an 8:30-8:45 average pace, and usually turn it into a long tempo, so they cut into the 7-min miles at the end. Yeah, they're fast! It's hard to train with them - but I know that it makes me a stronger runner. Which is why I'm feeling like a pansy, because I just keep coming up with reasons why I shouldn't go tomorrow morning.
For one, I don't want to push it tomorrow. We're running 13 miles, and the most recent long run was 12 miles a few weeks ago. The 12 miler was good, I maintained 9 minute miles pretty easy. But, I also was feeling awesome, alert, well-slept and had fresh legs.
But tomorrow, I would not be running on fresh legs. I'm not feeling alert, I've gotten less than 8 hours of sleep the last 6 days in a row now, I'm averaging more like 5. Hansen killed me on Wednesday, my body is still torn up. Trying to maintain good running form with sore shoulders and a burning core was torture during today's 7 miler.
It's also going to be cold tomorrow morning, and is it smart to be sick and run in the cold? Listen to me! I'm such a whiney baby right now.
I'm not saying I want to throw the towel in on this run, I'm just saying I don't think I want to wake up at 5:30am and go run with the sub 3-hour marathoners. I'm sick and tired. And I want to sleep in and go run on the treadmill at my own pace, and just be happy that I knocked out 13 miles.
I'm such a baby right now. Will someone please hand me my Nyquil and tuck me in?