This inkling cold started Monday with a little tickle in the back of my throat and went full fledged nasty beast cold Wednesday morning when I woke up with a fever. And I had to drive around with 2 coworkers for a market tour....greeeaaat. I struggled through it and by the end of the day my head felt clear enough that I headed to the gym to get my little run in. My physical therapist had actually suggested running Tuesday and Thursday- 10 minutes each day, 1% grade on the treadmill, comfortable but not easy speed to be able to gauge how my legs were feeling when she saw me next on Friday.
Tuesday I had a market meeting in Towson and I was excited about running all day- but my legs told me a big resounding NO by the time I left the hotel. It might have been the heels I was wearing all day combined with all the sitting, either way it was a no. One huge mental battle I've been working on is truly listening to my body and being smart with my workouts. I really get it now- there were many times that I pushed myself past what I should have and I am paying for it now with these injuries. I shouldn't have ran that last 8 miles when my legs were already feeling pretty sore and crappy. Sometimes, we just make stupid decisions, let's face the music. Well, now I am determined to train smart- and safely.
Well, I made it to the gym and changed even though I just wasn't feeling right. I foam rolled and stretched well before warming up on the treadmill at a walk.....to have the familiar and dreaded pain in my hamstring lurking back in the form of some bad stiffness. So, I did what I should have so many months before....I did NOT run. I hopped on the elliptical but it didn't feel right there either. So, with a frustrated and very congested head, I went back to the foam roller and re-rolled plus some extended stretching of my legs and arms. I left feeling loose and comfortable and wanted to go back and try for a run but I knew it wouldn't have been right.
So....it's Sunday and after a very sick and sore throat/congested day I still have not run and am hoping my body will be thanking me tomorrow by allowing me to get a nice run in at physical therapy. Saturday was very active though so I wasn't a total wash this weekend. Adrian did a great job running his Alzheimer's Association Walk on Saturday! I helped out by being one of the sweepers at the end of the walk picking up all the signs- so I got a good 2.5 mile quite hilly walk in. Gorgeous weather to boot! I also went riding- but that will have to be another post because it was its own experience!
Go away cold!
Anyone else struggling with your first cold of the season? It sucks!