Things were going well with my marathon training. I had a good 13.1, 15 and 16 long run. The 18 was tough, but I was happy with it. Then… the big 2-0 long run. The day before I ran 20 (Sept. 20) I started feeling sick. As a teacher, I’m used to getting the typical sinus infection in the fall. Lots of new germs going around with elementary kids. So the sore throat and fever started to hit. I took zinc like crazy and hoped for the best. I fell apart on my 20 miler. I started later that morning and it got hot. Like, sunny and humidity. It was not pretty and I walked a lot at the end.
My first slow split was at mile 9. It was a long morning. I pretty much walked the last two full miles. I finished and was happy to have my typical ginger ale. I laid in bed for the rest of the day and ate cold pizza. I didn’t run for over a week after my 20 miler and got antibiotics. The sinus infection wasn’t getting better and I started to panic. I was going to blog about all of this, but I was freaked out.
I skipped the long run (12) the weekend after my 20 and ran an okay 4.5 mile run. This past weekend, I ran a great 8 (above). I was still congested and tired, but my legs felt great.
I ran a faster 4 miler on Tuesday and I’m planning on running my last run (2.5) tomorrow before the big race. To be honest, I was thinking of dropping out of the race last weekend. I felt terrible and I didn’t want to run a marathon sick. I’m feeling better and hoping for the best! I also got other people to cover my BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes this week so I could take a full week off from classes.
Wish me luck!