As you can probably tell by the title of this post, my cold did not go away quietly last week. I woke up last Monday feeling OK – not great, but not that bad either – so I went to work as usual. However, it became apparent (more to my boss than to me) that I was sicker than I realized. My boss sent me home after our midday meeting, assuring me that she’d cover my various tasks if I ended up staying home on Tuesday. Sure enough, my cold got worse, so I stayed home Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday. I had already planned on taking Friday off so we could head up to Santa Rosa early for a wedding. So it was a week of almost no work and very little running. My sinus congestion was so bad midweek that I thought my head was going to explode. When I woke up on Sunday without a sinus headache for the first time in days, I was so grateful. Today I was finally able to start breathing through both nostrils (yay for the little things!), even if that meant blowing my nose so often that the skin is raw. It really hurts! I’m contemplating using Body Glide on my nose – does anyone have experience with this?
So, obviously, I didn’t run the 46 miles I had on the schedule last week. I took it very easy and heeded some of your advice (from last week’s post) to rest. On the 3 occasions I did run, I made sure to take it super slow. I wore my HRM and kept it way below my MAF max. On Friday and Sunday, I did jog-walk intervals (4 min 30 sec jog + 30 sec walk) to make sure I didn’t over do it. Altogether, I ran 16 miles last week. I’m not that bummed because my main goal is be as healthy as possible for this Saturday’s trail marathon. The good news is that I actually feel a lot better while I’m running. I don’t know why, but I do. Also, I haven’t been terribly exhausted afterwards, which I take as a good sign.
My plan for this week is to continue to be very conservative. I plan on running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as scheduled; however, I’ll probably run for time rather than distance, keeping an eye on my HR to make sure I’m running easy. Hopefully, this cold is on its way out and I’ll be snot-free soon!