The Week That Wouldn’t Start

I should have finished up Week 6 of C25K this morning, but I didn’t. It’s not that I didn’t want to or that I’ve lost my motivation. On the contrary, there is nothing that I would love to do more this morning than go for a run along the seafront. But I can’t. And I haven’t done all week.

The problem is that those annoying sniffles from last week turned into an epic cold which turned out to be flu, lasted all week and has now developed into a chest infection. Or at least, that’s what the doctor said. 

To be honest, I don’t feel too bad most of the time. On Thursday morning, I even attempted to go to work. I wasn’t feeling great. Probably about 90% fit, so I figured I could handle a day at the office. Within an hour, however, I was feeling light headed, sick and sweating a bucket load. So I went home and felt rubbish for the rest of the day.

On Friday I went to the doctor, which is something I try to avoid at all costs. Mostly because the doctors at my surgery aren’t very helpful, but that’s another story. 

When I went on Friday though, I saw a doctor that I’d never seen before. She was really nice and helpful and even gave me antibiotics. This is something that doctors never do. Apparently it’s not good for us to take antibiotics if it can be avoided. So I guess that means that I must be ill.

So, sorry C25K, but it looks like I’m going to be out of action this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be back on track next week once the medicine kicks in, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

I’d still like to run 5K by the end of the month, and will still be working towards that goal, but if it has to wait another week or so, then so be it. 

The whole point of this is to improve my fitness and enjoy exercising. So that’s what I’m going to do, when I’m feeling better.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.


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10 responses to “The Week That Wouldn’t Start”

  1. thunder2toned says :

    My running class instructor told us to take time out if we feel sick so as not to over stress the body so you definitely did the right thing. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. John says :

    I wouldn’t worry about missing some days. You can always repeat the week if you need to. thunder2toned was spot on.

  3. Neon Anonymous says :

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, but don’t beat yourself up about not running – better to rest and let your body heal!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Hi. I’m definitely on the mend, thanks. I’ll take your advice though and not beat myself up about putting the training on hold. That’s the tough part, but I guess I just have to be patient.
      Thanks again. 🙂

  4. Dave says :

    Hope you start feeling better! I’ve read online when you get sick it’s best to wait it out than to force your body to run, like the other commenters mentioned.

  5. Sam says :

    You can do it!

    Listen to your body first but even a brisk walk if you can manage it will help your mind keep in the ‘I’m going for a run today’ mood. Habits are easy (apparently) to form but take about 4 weeks….unless bed-bound my humble suggestion would be to try and make a routine of going out. Walk, run…whatever you can manage is better than time on the sofa. Even for 5 minutes. I’m kinda leaning towards OCD myself which bizarrely helps (I must go out 3 times a week) but find your own rules, apply them, stick to them
    Good luck….

    • theblogrunner says :

      Hi Sam. Thanks for the advice. I’m back at work now, so walking for 2 x 30 minutes every day. It does help but I don’t think I’ll be running this weekend. 4 weeks sounds like a long time, but I guess I’ll have to just wait and see. Cheers! 🙂

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