I mentioned in my last Training Log post that I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. Last Tuesday, I started feeling a little run down, which turned into a sore throat and then turned into congestion and a cough, and occasionally an elevated temperature (not quite a fever, just a degree or two higher than normal for me).

It’s been a week, and I’m still coughing and congested and feeling a little bit run down. I was able to get out for a few runs at first (including running 9 miles in the rain on Saturday, which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best idea, nor was following the run by sitting outside in 50-degree temps for most of the afternoon and evening at the Cinco de Mayo party). By Monday night, I resorted to just going for a walk, but now as much as I want to run, my head is telling me no. Even though I really want to run. Just not like this. (This being feeling like crap.)

I’m getting a little stir-crazy. I’ve been working from home these past few days. As great as it is to be able to work from home, in my pajamas, with my cat, and avoid the hell that is my commute, I’m honestly tired of feeling cooped up and stationary. Plus the VPN I’m connecting through is slooooow. (First world problem if I’ve ever heard one.)

Anyway. Tonight (I’m writing this on Tuesday night) I’m just not feeling it. So I will be smart. I will not run. Even though I want to. And not just because I’m training for a half marathon. But because I enjoy it. And I’ve been sitting on my butt all day and my body wants to run. But it would be stupid.

This is a clear example of how I’ve changed as a runner. In the past, I would look for any excuse to skip a run. (Which is why my first half marathon sucked so bad.) Now, I look for any way to get my run in anyway.

Old me: Oh, I got home late. Guess I can’t run. (Late was a relative term. 6:30pm was late when I normally got home by 5:20.)
New me: It’s not 8pm yet. I can run. (My bedtime is 9:30-10pm … ish.)

Old me: I’m tired. End of story.
New me: It’s all in your head. You can run. You’ll feel energized when you’re done. 

Old me: I have a [slight] pain/soreness.
New me: Just stretch better (which actually has been helping a lot). 

Old me: Oh, The Sailor isn’t going to the gym tonight. Guess I’m not either.
New me: We haven’t gone to the gym / run together in months. It’s much easier for us to get our workouts in when we each worry about our own schedule.

Old me: The weather looks slightly threatening. I should continue surfing the internet inside, where it is warm and dry.
New me: There is no bad weather. Just bad gear. 

Old me: I think I might be getting sick … better rest just to be sure. (Usually I wasn’t sick or getting sick.)
New me: Crap, I might actually be sick. The Sailor would get mad at me if I went for a run. 

How have you changed as a runner? And where do you draw the line and “give in” and skip a run/workout?


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