I had a week 3 training update all ready to go, but I became very sick at the beginning of week 4 and it never got published. So I'm smashing everything into one post for time's sake.
Week 3 was a good week, although a felt slower than usual. I kept up with all of my workouts and was still feeling good about training for my first half marathon.
Then week 4 hit. I eventually went to the doctor and found out that I had a bad UTI (urinary tract infection). I had chills and fever, plus body aches and vomiting. It was not fun at all. I didn't eat much solid food, and I obviously didn't have the energy to work out. I was registered to run an 8k race at the end of week 4 and had to scrap those plans.
Into week 5 (last week), I started getting some energy back. So Thursday I went for a run with no expectations. I made it 2 miles and felt like I was going to keel over. My legs had no strength. I started to worry about how this was setting me back in my training, but I had to switch my focus from training to simple recovery.
Saturday, I was able to go for a 4 mile run. Again, reminding myself that I needed to still be in recovery mode. It's a hard place to be. Training for 13.1 miles is huge (H-U-G-E) and my training plan is aggressive (for me). But I was pretty sick, and my body still needed time. Still needs time.
So my goals for this week are continued recovery and to work on building my endurance back up. Even if I can't get all my miles in, I want to get all of my workouts in. Three days of running, two days of cross training and strength training, one day of yoga, and one day of rest.
This is the first time since making a commitment to healthy living that I've had a set back due to illness. Thankfully, I'm a healthy person, and I haven't been sick enough in over two years to miss more than one workout, let alone miss ten days. This has been a mental battle for me, to remember to listen to my body, and to be okay with doing less than what the plan calls for.
Do you have any tips to help me? Have you been through an illness or injury that set you back during training for a big event?