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.

Sod The Sniffles

I’ve been feeling lousy since yesterday’s run. Not because of the run itself, but because I started getting a cold and my sinuses were killing me. To be fair, it has been coming on for a few days now but came to a head yesterday afternoon with the result that I really didn’t feel like doing my run this morning.

I woke up at 8am, which is late for me even at the weekend, and decided that, apart from my sinuses feeling rubbish, it was too late to go out. I could always start Week 6 tomorrow. No big deal as you are supposed to leave a day between runs on C25K – I just do two at the weekend because I prefer to run in the morning.

Anyway, I made myself some coffee and logged in to WordPress to see what everyone else was up to. As usual, I read a whole load of inspiring stories from people doing anything from C25K up to marathon training and I realised that I was being stupid. 

I ran for twenty minutes non-stop yesterday and all I had to do today was a couple of five minute runs with an eight minute run in the middle. Was I really going to let my sniffly sinuses get in the way of that? Of course not!

So, I grabbed my trainers and a huge wad of toilet roll (I didn’t have any tissues) and headed for the seafront just after 9:00 am. To be honest, the run wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Perhaps it was the fear of my nose running faster than I was (which it didn’t) or the fact that having run twenty minutes non-stop yesterday I thought I had super human powers (which I clearly don’t) that made it tough. I’m not sure, but I did get through it and I feel so much better as a result.

Yes, I still have horrible itchy sinuses, but they feel better than they did when I first woke up this morning, so maybe it did me some good in that sense. The main thing though, is that I got my run in. And the thing that made me do it was reading other people’s blogs and comments. It really does make a huge difference.

I’m going to have nice hot Lemsip now and chill out for the rest of the day. So, thanks for your words of encouragement. Have a great weekend and feel free to leave a comment or a link to your blog.