I ran on Thursday morning. Just a slow 3Km.
This was my first run of March and the 1st since 20th February. So the first run in 3.5 weeks. That is some grade A avoidance.
Steve and I were due to run the Solar System 10Km race on 11th March, but I have been sick. Initially I had a sore throat and lost my voice, but I also have a cold and this has now moved onto my chest. There was no way I could manage the run on 11th, but we could transfer this race e ntry to a virtual run which means we will be able to get the medal if we do the run and send in our evidence of this. So we are still on track for getting a medal per month.
After running every day in January I just haven’t had the drive to run regularly and although I have been feeling more like it this last week but I have just been a bit too sick. A normal cold wouldn’t stop me normally but my chest has been tight and my breathing laboured, so I haven’t wanted to risk it.
On Wednesday night I stayed in Manchester for work and took my gym kit despite still feeling unwell. I went to bed early and set an alarm for half 6 to do a run at the hotel gym on Thursday morning.
Weirdly I always find it easier to run when I am not at home. At a hotel or out in an unfamiliar town or city always feels easier than making my start from my own front door. I don’t really understand this but baring in mind I am away so much with work I really should make this work to my advantage.
The run felt slow. 19 minute 59 for 3Km. My breathing was bad and so I prophylactically used my inhaler beforehand, but also had to use it during the run too. Yet, I ran. I broke this long period of running abstinence, and it felt good. You know….horrible, but good.
Steve and I were talking about running this weekend, but the thought of 10Km just felt too much. We decided to look for a 5Km race but then realised that to get our March race medal we have to complete the Solar System virtual run by Sunday! So now we are doing a 10Km on Sunday and it’s going to be hell. I am not well or fit enough for it, but we are going to walk/run it and get round it and get our medal and be proud that we have, even if it isn’t as fast as we might like. Sometimes you just have to take what your body allows you and at least we are doing it, rather than just sitting at home.
Between now and then I will try and do another run. I got home at 9pm on Thursday evening, so straight to bed. I am actually thinking of getting up on Saturday to do my 1st ever Parkrun! I’ve never done one before as its quite early for a weekend start for me. But, it is so close to home. What a thing it would be to make that a routine part of my week! That’s the long term aim.
Yoga on Saturday and Sunday if I can, and so maybe this week will turn out pretty good from an exercise perspective, despite a shady start.
It’s now 15 days till I head off for Goa.
I have done 5 yoga classes so far this month and my goal is at least 10. However I am on track to smash that……which would be awesome!!!
If I try to do just 3 runs a week before I go I could get 9 done before I go which would also be excellent and make me really happy. Steve and I are aiming to do a 10Km trail run on the 1st April before I fly out to India. Then it is a solid 10 days of pure happiness and joy.
Maybe March can be marvellous after all.