By Bri Wilson
Well… I almost made it.
I’ve been feeling off for the last week or so since my half marathon PR race, and have being taking it easy with lots of rest aside from my scheduled workouts to help prevent whatever I seemed to be fighting from turning into illness.
I felt like I was winning until late Wednesday when I got a headache after lunch that stuck around until the evening. I felt a bit stuffy and “off”, but nothing I didn’t think a good sleep might fix. I went to bed at 9 pm, and as soon as my head hit the pillow, one sinus plugged up
I felt like I had a head cold when I woke up but slightly better after a shower, so I went into work. My symptoms progressively got worse (sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, headache) as the day went on, so I went home. I felt bad for my coworkers since I was lecturing everybody for the past few weeks at work about how you should stay home when you’re sick so you don’t spread germs around the office and how I have a race coming up and don’t want to be sick… then I get sick and come in anyways. Sorry, everyone!
My plan for the rest of the week is to just rest, stay hydrated and get better for Sunday. If things improve by Saturday, I might attempt a short run, but honestly, at this point, running will do more harm than good. I’ve been here before (getting sick days before a race) and know that rest is best.
Here’s how my last week of marathon taper went:
Last long run day! I did an easy 15.6 ish kilometre run from my place around Elk and Beaver Lake and back. I kept a fairly even 5:43 pace and finished in 1:29:26. My legs felt good, but I finished with some yoga and foam rolling anyway. After doing my usual weekend chores I relaxed for the rest of the evening.
A rest day that comprised of cleaning up the back patio, emptying pots and getting them ready for winter and planting a whole bunch of lavender in the backyard. So, not a true rest day.
MONDAY (this week)
I had planned an easy post-work 8 km run, but since I ended up travelling 8K yesterday doing yard work I decided to take another rest day.
Right after work, I ran 7K at an easy pace with a few short sprints near the end. I also went for a massage later to release any tense muscles and fascia before race day.
On Wednesday I did a 40-minute upper body and core workout, with a few jump squats, lunge jumps, and mini bands exercises thrown in for good measure.
Sick So nothing but rest.
Still sick, so more resting.
At this point, I’m still going to run hard as planned. I’ve had a cold at the starting line before and qualified, so I’m not going to let it get me down. As long as it doesn’t affect my respiratory system too much I should be okay. I guess we’ll find out by Sunday!
Bri Wilson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and freelance fitness and health writer based in Victoria, BC. Bri writes about training for marathons, triathlons and ultra marathons on her blog, runliftyoga.com.
We wish Bri all the best for Sunday and hope she makes her goal. We look forward to the race report Bri.