Boston Marathon/ Running

The Road to Boston: Week 11 Recap

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I’m home from work recovering from a nasty cold – fever, bodyaches, stuffy nose, sore throat and a dry cough.  Please don’t feel sorry for me though, it’s a been over 16 months since the last time I had to take a sick day and that was for vertigo, so I guess I was due. I don’t get sick that often, and when I do I usually get over it rather quickly so I hope this time will be no different.

This is relaxation

Last week was a cut back week in my training because my training volumes had become pretty high for me and because I was away for a girls weekend in Montreal. Illness is also one of my overtraining signs, so I think I progressed my training a bit too fast. We had an absolute blast on our girls weekend away and I plan to write more about that later this week. Training wise, I only did two workouts, a fast for me 5 miles on Tuesday at a 8:53/mile pace, and a hard spinning class on Thursday. According to the Argus app on my phone I also reached my 10,000 steps on Saturday and Sunday while sight-seeing around Montreal.

Total for this week: 8k
11 week total: 244k

I’m not sure what to plan for my training this week.  I didn’t workout yesterday (though I did go for a walk with my co-worker at lunch), and today is a complete rest day.  Tomorrow will also be a rest day.  Perhaps Thursday I’ll be able to do a power walk on my lunch, then a short/easy 5k on Friday?  I would love to be able to run 10k in Saturday if I feel up to it, and I’ll need a rest day on Sunday.  I honestly don’t know what to plan, so I’ll play it by ear – I don’t want to rush back into it and end up fighting this cold for months on end.

Have a great week everyone!

Question: How do you return to fitness after an illness?


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  • Emma
    January 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Your symptoms sound like influenza, to be honest. Be careful trying to get active again too quickly, the one time I had the flu I tried to ramp up my activity level too quickly and ended up back in bed for 3 more days!

    • Janice
      January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I suspect that you’re right. I was thinking about going back to work tomorrow but I think I need at least another day of rest. I haven’t even had the energy to sit up on the couch opting instead to lie down.

  • Launna
    January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I think pulling back and taking it easy so you can recover to your full self is the best idea, I hope you are feeling well soon:)

    I am like you, I rarely get sick, almost 5 years now 🙂

    • Janice
      January 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Wow! That is really impressive Launna! What’s your secret?

  • Krysten (@darwinianfail)
    January 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

    AWE SORRY you are not feeling well girlie!! This weather has been horrible of illness!

    • Janice
      January 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Krysten! This winter has been ridiculous! I can’t wait for summer (or a tropical vacation). How are you doing?

  • Sandra Laflamme
    January 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I am glad you are feeling better. Sitting by the pool looked like a nice way to rejuvenate! Hope the training revs back up once you feel 100% again!

    • Janice
      January 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Sandra!

  • Carla
    January 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

    checking back in.
    hope youre feeling better.

    • Janice
      January 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Carla! I’m recovering slowly but surely 🙂

  • Michelle @ 3cheaprunners
    January 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I think that listening to your body is the most important thing…and when it tells you it needs rest…just roll with it

    • Janice
      January 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      You’re so right Michelle – I have absolutely no desire to work out (unusual for me) so I suspect that I’m no where near well enough to return yet.


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