So after a year of a huge PR (Yooge!) followed by two minor injuries, and then an illness, I think it’s safe to say that running these days is pretty much a wash.
I haven’t made any progress to speak of, really.
My body was just starting to come around, and I had tackled a few easy workouts, when I came down with an upper respiratory infection that continues today.
I kept running through this cold, which I affectionately refer to as my running pneumonia because I cough up a lung on every run. I have been mostly comfortable running, but when I try to push the pace or do any sort of strength work, I feel extremely empty and weak.
Therefore, I have been concentrating on simply putting in miles–building up a base– which I hope to draw from in the spring.
My middle son, who is in the middle of his cross country season originally contracted the cold. He was able to keep racing through it, because he’s young like that. I, on the other hand, can’t imagine racing right now.
Today I finally went to the track with friends and did some minor speed work. I didn’t time myself, but I know that I have a long way to go.
However, I must admit to just feeling grateful for being out there, healthy (mostly) and injury free.
I can’t look back for a while. I just need to keep moving forward and keep putting the building blocks in place.
Have a good one.