Yesterday, I ended up missing my first scheduled training run in more than 10 weeks. I woke up yesterday feeling pretty rough with a sore throat, headache, low energy, etc. My schedule called for 40-minutes easy, and I thought that if I just took it easy and drank lots of fluids I might feel better later in the day and be able to get it in. Well, at 7pm I decided that I was feeling worse instead of better and sent my coach (John) a text to let him know it was likely not going to happen…
While I expected a sarcastic response, I thought this was pretty funny. Turns out he was with another friend of ours from the running group who is constantly giving me a hard time about Boston, and was feeding him the quotes to send back. John went on to say that it was a “No Brainer” to take the day off if I wasn’t feeling well, so that’s exactly what happened.
Fast forward to today, and I have been feeling better throughout the day. By the time I needed to leave work and head to the track I was feeling good enough to give it a try. My biggest concern for tonight’s workout was not feeling sick, but the heat. This was what my phone said before I stepped out of the car and onto the track…
I believe this is easily the warmest track night I’ve ever participated in, and I could feel it from the first strides of the warmup. However, other than it being crazy hot, I felt really, really good. My legs continued to feel good, and my energy level did not seem to have been negatively affected by being under the weather the past couple of days.
Because of the heat, John led us through a fairly short workout tonight. Here is the rundown…
- 2.5-Mile Warmup
- 6 x 100m Stride Outs
- 3 x 400m (400m recovery)
- 2 x 400m (400m recovery)
- 1 x 400m (400m recovery)
- .82-Mile Cool Down
He told us to take the 400s very, very easy. We only had a few seconds recovery between each 400m interval within each set, so most of mine were in the 1:30 to 1:35 range. It was hot enough that I could feel my pulse pounding in my face, but otherwise I felt pretty good considering the heat and that I had not been feeling well. In total with warmup and cool down I completed 6-miles with a 7:46 average pace.