This week of marathon training can be summed up by the movie title, "Death Becomes Her." I am not being dramatic - holy wow, I got sick last week. While traveling. And presenting. It was *awesome*. #sarcasm.
You can plan and plan and plan for something like a marathon, but sometimes life throws a wrench in those plans and you come down with a terrible case of bronchitis. I went to the doctor on Friday and am on antibiotics so am hopefully on the mend, but this infection seriously laid me up. I exchanged a flurry of messages with my coach, who assured me that missing a long run this weekend would not be the end of the world and would be in my best interest.
So my mileage this week was super low. I worked out twice. TWICE. Terrible huh? But when the death virus comes a-knocking, you best lay your body down on the couch and admit defeat.
Here's hoping my 21 mile run goes ok on Saturday... I am really nervous about how this interruption of marathon training is going to impact my marathon, but I guess if it does impact the race, there will be other marathons. And like my mom said on Friday, nothing would have been gained by running this weekend.
I am so sick, I ended up having to cancel my Sunday/Monday trip to Philadelphia as I am still home sick. I can't believe how much this illness wiped me out.
Here's how my epically disappointing week of marathon training played out:
Monday - 7.25 miles with 4 miles at marathon pace. I ran those 4 miles at 9:08, 9:05, 8:52, and 8:57 and felt strong during that stretch of the run despite the fact that my cold was really starting to come on this day.
Tuesday - rest (travel day)
Wednesay - I felt like absolute crap but dragged my butt down to the hotel gym to crank out some yassos. I ran 6.25 miles total and did 6 yassos at an 8 min/mile pace. I actually didn't feel too bad during this run, surprisingly.
Thursday - Sunday - rest
Week 12: a measly 13.5 miles
Training to date: 353.5
Have you ever had to take a week off from training for something due to an illness? This is a new experience for me. I've been sick in other training cycles, like last year when I got that string of sinus infections, but this level of sickness is like nothing I have experienced in years honestly.