A bit of a quiet week

After my rather pleasant run (in the pouring rain) last Wednesday, things went downhill rapidly :(

On Thursday evening, I set out to do a 7-mile run. I felt a little sick before setting off, but was sure it would clear once I got running, and sure enough, it went before I finished my 5 minute warmup. That was, unfortunately, as good as it got. Suffice it to say that I have never felt so bad during a run! Sure, I've had periods of feeling like I couldn't push on any further, but I've never had anything quite that bad.

I put it down to having a virus, and still feeling a little under the weather on Friday, I dropped my normal gym session. I figured that a weekend's rest wouldn't do too much harm, so didn't run.

Monday, I felt much better and did my speedwork in the gym with only a slightly elevated heart rate (above normal). Tuesday, I did an hour's cross-training session on the elliptical trainer, and that felt good too. Wednesday, I intended to meet up with the folks from the running club I'm thinking of joining. However, having got my gear on and prepared myself, it started raining - hard - so I gave it up as a bad job. Yesterday, I got my running gear on to go out after work, but I lost all motivation somewhere between putting my watch on and finding a T-shirt, so that was abandoned too :(

However, today, I managed to fit in a 7 mile run instead of a gym session, and it felt really good!. My heart rate is still a little above normal, but my legs felt good, and it was an enjoyable run despite getting a soaking from a truck when running past a very large puddle :) I'm a little stiff now, but that's to be expected after 9 days off the road.

I'd like to get in a couple of runs over the weekend to make up for the lack of mileage during the week, but I have lots of jobs to do around the house, so that may not be practical.

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