You might think that this training log is two weeks late.
But it’s not. You see, I got the flu and took an entire week plus a day or two completely off. Last week I was able to do some running, but I took it slow and took some extra recovery days to ease back into running and ultra training.
Week of Jan 19- Jan 25:
Sunday – Saturday: 0 miles logged. If I had a pedometer, some days it would have been close to zero. This flu hit me hard!
Week of Jan 26-Feb 1: I told myself from the outset that I’d do what I could this week without expectations. This was “running by feel” at it’s best!
Sunday: This is normally my rest day, although that’ll change next week as I return to the gainfully employed world. I really still needed an additional day of rest, and I took it!
Monday: 4 miles. These were slow and tough. I did a long warm-up and cool down after, but these miles were still pretty hard.
Tuesday: 7 miles. I was surprisingly feeling better, but these miles still wiped me out!
Wednesday: 9 miles with some light intervals. This was really my first “good” run – where I felt good after and felt like I could keep running. I didn’t want to push things too far, however, so I cut this run short after 9 miles.
Thursday: Rest day (and I needed it)
Friday: 13 miles. I took these super easy and did regular walk breaks. I stopped because my lungs were starting to feel a little rough, and I had a runny nose after the run. I decided that it was definitely time for a little more rest and took it easy the rest of the day.
Saturday: Rest day. The chest + runny nose from the day before scared me silly and I took the day off from running (and really moving) to ensure that I didn’t get sick again. It worked too – by the end of the day, I was finally feeling good again, and got in a light yoga session to stretch out from the run the day before.
Total: 33 miles
Spoiler alert: I took Sunday off too which I really needed to do. I’m finally feeling better though, and feel like this next week will be a great one for training!