Running this week is just not happening. Sunday I noticed that my lungs/chest was feeling slightly irritated. I have felt similar discomfort after really, really hard runs, but since I hadn’t run very hard on Saturday or Sunday I didn’t know what had caused the irritation. On Monday it was irritation + losing my voice. I managed to finish my injury prevention workout but it felt harder than usual to complete it.
By Tuesday some nasty congestion had settled into my chest and I was running a slight fever. Since then I’ve basically been parked on the couch 24/7. Running is completely out of the question since I can’t even take a deep breath right now without triggering a coughing attack. In addition to the general ickiness that comes with being sick, I am also dead tired. I can not breathe at all when laying down. Even propping myself up on a pillow mountain has not been enough. I need to be sitting if I want to be breathing, which has made sleeping for more than an hour at a time nearly impossible. Little kitty has been providing constant cuddles and comfort while I have been sleeping on the couch. She is a big fan of sleeping on my lap under the blankets.
|Soft kitty, warm kitty. Little ball of fur…|
It has been a pretty frustrating week since I feel like my training had been going really well and now it feels completely derailed. If this was nose/throat congestion, I’d definitely be out running this weekend. But since it is in my chest, I know that running will just further aggravate my symptoms. I just need to be patient and give myself plenty of time to heal.
Once I start feeling better I will try to figure out how I am going to get back into 5k training. I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t miss much more than a week of training. But whatever happens, it probably won’t be worse than missing the marathon last year, so I’m trying to stay positive and just take things one day at a time.