Poppy’s training log – 4.2.17

Well, that weird respiratory illness I spoke of in last week’s log reared its ugly head again this week and ended up knocking out my entire family. My son got sick Tuesday, I regressed and started feeling worse on Thursday, and husband and daughter got sick on Friday. We all sounded like a bunch of chain smokers thanks to a wonderful deep chest cold. Not ideal going into Sunday when the hubs and I were scheduled to run a local half marathon. I ended up feeling pretty good on most of my runs this week, though the chest cold kicked my butt a bit over the weekend. Thankfully, I got through the half ok and even ran faster than my last two humid half marathons. Wa-hoo.

Monday: 4 miles in the morning w/ both kids in the double, 4 miles in the afternoon w/ Emmy in the single.

Tuesday: 6 miles in the morning w/ the kids in the double, 4 miles in the afternoon w/ E.

Wednesday:  13 miles w/ workout. Plan was 4 x broken 2ks via a 1k in 3:45, a 200 float, and an 800 in 2:52, 400 jog recovery. This went well. I felt nice and controlled. However, I started noticing some raspiness in my breathing that I assumed was left over from last week’s respiratory illness. Later that night it morphed into a multi-day long deep chest cold. Boo!

Splits from the workout:

7:24 via 3:42.57/49.85/2:51.67
7:21 via 3:42.47/49.11/2:49.63
7:20 via 3:41.81/48.83/2:49.17
7:16 via 3:41.21/46.48/2:48.21

35:25 for 9.2k (6:11 avg)

Thursday: 8 miles in the morning w/ E, 4 miles in the afternoon w/ both kids. Noticed chest congestion and body aches ever so slightly creeping in starting in the evening.

Tissue? I don’t even know you.


Friday: 8 miles solo in the afternoon. Today is when I really noticed the regression in my illness/cold. I had some pretty terrible chest congestion and my upper body ached all over. I also started to have some major coughing fits today.

Saturday: 4 miles in the morning and another 4 in the evening w/ the hubs. Cold was slightly better today, but I was still having some major coughing fits. At this point my entire family had this stupid cold.

Sunday: 19 miles w/ a race. Ran the Scranton 1/2 Marathon in 1:19:58 and finished 3rd. Pretty happy to run what I did given that I was hacking both before and after the race (with only two minor coughing fits during the race, one of which pulled a muscle around the left side of my rib cage). Also, this was not a goal race so it was nice to run something faster than my previous two halves, which were goal races, but sadly had crummy weather. Felt pretty terrible immediately after the race from my cold, but later in the day actually started to feel better. Almost seemed as if running hard earlier in the day helped to expedite this crap out of me.

This fleece blanket is one of the many awesome items I received for running the Scranton 1/2 Marathon this past weekend.

78 miles for the week

Here’s hoping next week is a healthier one!

I'm a licensed massage therapist with a background in biochemistry and also a mother of two. After almost two years of focusing on shorter race distances, I am back on the marathon training horse. My next goal race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I write mostly about health and science as they relate to running as well as being part of a running family.

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    1. It really is very sad. I had no idea that it happened until the next day when I was reading the newspaper. I hung around after the race for about an hour and a half (with the exception of going out for a 20 min cool down) because I had to wait for the awards and was not aware of anything going on emergency-wise. I feel so sad for her family.