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Give It a Rest!


The week started off really well. Not only did I have great runs, but I also complemented my training with spinning and Physique 57 classes. I was feeling great, strong and confident. Then I hit a road block... While running on Friday, I felt lethargic and did not have a lot of energy. I went to sleep early on Friday evening in preparation for my Saturday early morning long run. Sadly, I was woken up in the middle of the night with a horrible stomach bug. I was really sick all day and night Saturday. I was praying that I would feel better on Sunday and hoped to do my long run then.

However, I felt progressively worse and weaker, and realized that training was not an option. How could I possibly run 11 to 12 miles in the rain when I barely had enough energy to get myself from my bed to the kitchen? Even if I tried, I think I would've made myself sicker. As we start the new week, I'm still sick, and it probably will still take a few more days to get better (I hope not more!). The rational side of me realizes that I need to be fully better before I run, or else I can end up hampering my recovery and feeling worse.

However, the guilt and stress about not completing my long run is adding to my negative feelings and already know I won't be able to run for the next few weekdays until I am better. I was confident about everything, but now I feel like I am all thrown off. Here's hoping this week will be better than the last! How do you get yourself "back on track" after taking time off to heal your body?