I'm never sick. Ever. And I literally cannot remember the last time I missed a scheduled run due to an ailment of any kind. Typically no head cold, sore ankle, ITB pain, hang-nail, PMS, or warts can make me stay in bed and not run. But earlier this week I had a stomach virus of some sort that got me! At first I thought it was the container of super-market ham salad I ate, but I think it was a virus because later in the week my boss told me he had it. (I don't mind eating ham salad occasionally because it's soooo good for you!)
I'm not a puker. I can usually fight that back. But I have trouble with the other end sometimes. You know what I mean ... The tail pipe. The poop chute. The planet Uranus. And unfortunately mine was open for bi'nezz all night! This nonsense sapped all my energy and I stayed in bed most of the next day ... and worst of all missed my run.
But take heart! The following day I was back in the saddle. (Although I couldn't sit comfortably in the saddle) I got up bright and early and ran a strong 15 mile tempo run before work. It felt great! Following are the splits...
9:21, 8:25, 8:13, 8:01, 7:56, 7:36, 7:26, 7:22, 7:15, 7:10, 7:16, 6:55, 7:06, 7:01, 7:26
After a six mile warm up, I started slowly increasing my pace to marathon pace and a little above. Over the highlighted 8 miles, I average a 7:11/mile. Which is not burning up the track or anything, but it felt smooth and easy and my average heart rate for the workout was only 151, which is pretty low for me. So I was very happy with that!
I felt a little weak through most of the run, but never light-headed or anything. I was just glad to get a good workout in after such a miserable day the day before. And I felt so good, I ran a 10 mile recovery run this morning. Even with missing the scheduled 12 miles on Tuesday, I'm still on track for 76 miles this week depending on how the Saturday long run goes.
I'm trying to build my mileage this summer to start averaging about 90 miles per week to get ready for my back to back marathons in October. So far so good. The only pit stop I've had so far was this non running related issue. So hopefully I'll keep plugging away.
Hope you're having a good week!
...be great today!