Training through illness

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July has been a busy month, with moving and my trip to Belfast, yet I’ve been doing quite well with actually getting the miles in this month. And Here we are at the end of July, the weather is more akin to that of the end of October and I think this combined with my ability to never stop has left me with the dreaded summer cold. 
I woke up on Sunday with a terrible sore throat. However I had not gone for drinks as invited on Saturday night, specifically so I could get up and go for a long run on Sunday. So even though I knew what might be coming, I got up at 10 (still catching up on sleep from the previous two nights  graduation based frivolities) and I ran 10 miles outside. The weather was actually ok, sunny but not hot and it was windy. I did this in 1.37 odd. I’m fine with this, I’ve still got plenty of time to train and that was the furthest I’d run since the half marathon back in May. It was more important to me that I did not stop to walk, than push myself to be fast. 

Then on Monday the throat felt worse. No problem, plenty of liquids consumed, got some powerade for my run and put away 5 miles on the treadmill, 4 easy pace and the final faster. The sore throat was fine, I just had to have more liquid than normal. 
Tuesday was a slightly different story. I barely slept on Monday night from having a blocked nose now too. I had to load up on lemsip capsules, taking 6 during the day. I was very grumpy for 8 hours at work, but I felt fine to run. In fact I ran 7 miles fartlek quite happily. It was arguably the best I felt all day. 
My right calf was complaining a bit during that last run though, so I took Wednesday off. I went shopping for some holiday stuff, then came home, did a covering letter for a job, and made dinner (Homous, falafel and spinach baguette, yum) then relaxed for a bit. Tomorrow I will be back on it (it being the treadmill assuming this rain keeps up) and raring to push through this silly cold… Here’s to hoping ‘sweating the cold out’ is a thing! 

Here is a picture of some feet in Northern Ireland at the giants causeway. Because feet are used to run and I mentioned my trip in this post. Super relevant.  

 

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Treadmills

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Ahhh treadmills. On the one hand a wonderful, magical invention that let’s us runners work out inside when the weather is bad, or if you are in the gym anyway, or want to do a planned and controlled workout without access to a coach. On the other, PURE TEDIOM. Yes. We have all been there, staring at the mileage/minutes wondering why it is taking so long to reach your target. Why treadmill, why must you be so boring. Today I was happily watching the Big Bang theory on the inbuilt tv of my treadmill in the gym on my post-work visit. Disaster struck, my earphones broke. I was left to run my last 10 minutes of my 4 mile run in silence. And when I say silence I mean the adverts of the local radio station being played and the repetitive sound of the track going round the treadmill over and over. It was not enjoyable, to say the least.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the existence of treadmills. I just wish they were a little more exciting. Nothing, for a runner, can compare to running through different landscapes free as a bird. Running in different environments is far more stimulating, and prevents running becoming dull.

Gyms should really invest in some kind of simulation, like a projection on the wall, so us treadmill users can feel like we are running outside, and allow us to embrace our love for running inside! Might even encourage those people who spend a very forced looking 10 minutes on the treadmill to venture outside and become passionate about running!

Just a thought. 20140806-220632-79592313.jpg