When I said I would take it easy for a little bit, scaling back my running some… I didn’t expect it would be NO running. But running hasn’t been consistently happening for me the past couple weeks. I just keep getting sick. 😦
My last run was last Thursday (Christmas Eve morning) and it was an okay run. I did about 4 miles, they weren’t particularly rough miles but they also weren’t super easy. At least it was a beautiful day out, sunny and clear and in the mid-30’s while I was running. I didn’t get out to run the few days before that because the winds were whipping through the Las Vegas valley in excess of 40 mph. (Clinging to street signs and getting pelted with garbage/dirt/rocks while running isn’t exactly my idea of a good time!)
By Christmas evening I was starting to feel cold-like symptoms settle in… yet again. And since that time, each day has been a little worse. Right now I can barely catch a breath while laying on my couch, much less if I were to try running. My nostrils are completely closed up, so I’m breathing through my mouth and my lungs have started to rattle again. This was frustrating because I had just gotten through a round of antibiotics for sinusitis/bronchitis and was starting to feel better.
I have asthma and have a long history of having colds turn into bronchitis turn into pneumonia. I have had walking pneumonia multiple times throughout my life and trust me, it’s a miserable experience. But I haven’t had anything really bad the past couple years and was getting a little arrogant, thinking that running was helping to make me invincible. I was now impervious to the viral and bacterial infections that have haunted me in the past.
Errr… I guess not!
Since I can’t run right now, what better way to fill my time than to read about running! I love to search the local library system’s catalog for books on running and request those. One that became available to me just before Christmas was a book* on injuries and as I was reading it yesterday the section on the mental challenges of injury kind of rang true for me.
While I’m not necessarily “injured” in the sense the book talks about, being sick is something that can prevent us from running, just like having IT Band syndrome or a stress fracture does. No matter what knocks us down, it’s difficult to deal with those setbacks but developing the mental steel to forge through these downs is just as important as developing our physical strengths for training.
I’m just doing my best to not let this couch time destroy my outlook. I imagine that when I do get to go for a run it will feel a little harder at first, and that’s okay. As long as I keep reminding myself that I will get to run again soon and if I pushed through this I could make myself worse, I am a little more comfortable with this lounge period.
I’m down and out right now, but not for good!
*I’ll have a review on it coming up shortly!