When the man flu takes control

With my next race preparation starting on Monday I had plans to get a head start this weekend and take advantage with a couple of back to back aerobic paced longish runs over the weekend. Plans were thrown into chaos yesterday afternoon when I started getting symptoms of a head cold. Nose started to block, throat getting sore and a head ache. By the end of the evening a head cold was upon me and I had grave doubts for my 90 min run incorporating parkrun which I was planning for Saturday morning.

When I woke this morning the world was a different place. A headache that measured 9/10 on the headache ricktor scale,sore throats and blocked nose and head. I felt like a truck had run over me. Walking to the kitchen to make a coffee felt like the final 10km of a marathon. Running was not happening today.

Water, coffee and repeat was my morning. Got out of the house for a short period to go to the supermarket and then a two hour plus sleep after lunch and I almost feel human again. Did manage to eat half a family size custard tart too which is a good sign things are getting better.

Running may happen tomorrow at this rate but it’s too early to tell yet. With rain predicted it’s probably wise to not run in the rain and get over the head cold but my motivation is to run. Will need to assess my condition and the weather in the morning.

 When the man flu takes control of your body there is not a lot that can be done. Ride out the storm as best you can and live to fight another day.

Back for another Mile

Next Tuesday evening I am running my second mile race. A month or so ago I blogged about leading up to my first ever mile race put on as a low key event between the running group in which I am a part. We are back for round 2 next week.

Last time I ran a 5:12 mile, went out way too hard over the first half and paid for it in the last 400m. This time I am going to still try and get out hard but hold something in for the last 400-600m. This is where I need to be doing my best work. I think I have the speed endurance to be able to run a sub 5 min mile  sooner or later but I need to learn how to run these shorter events to get the best result.

I’m hoping I can get closer to 5 min this time or if I fluke a tactically brilliant race I could go under. More than likely I will not run sub 5 min mile just yet but I am excited by this new goal.

I am still building miles for my longer races coming up, I have a 30km long run tomorrow and a half marathon in two weeks followed by a 45km coastal run in mid April. My goal is getting as best prepared for those races. Running a mile on Tuesday night is a fun distraction and something I’d like to improve on from my previous effort.

Regardless of the distance it is great to be out there running.