Monday, April 4, 2011

Give me a break already!

So, after a fun snow day on Saturday, Sunday came around and we all got sick. Sweetpea had been sick on Thursday with a gastro bug of some sort. I had hoped it would be an isolated incident. Sadly, not so much. I guess we were just incubating it for a while. Saturday night, my husband got sick (he needs a blog name...), then Spud woke up sick in the morning. I waited until the afternoon before coming down with it myself.

The good part: less then 24 hours later and I'm feeling largely better. My insides feel rather abused, but nobody is using them as a punching bag anymore. I think I may even be able to make my swim program tonight.

The bad: with two weeks to go until my half marathon, it hit me on my long run day. There was even beautiful weather and it would have been a great day for running. I've missed a LOT of long runs this training cycle because I keep getting sick, and that's considering that I've trained through the easier illnesses.

It looks like I should be able to do my long run on Wednesday, and I think that will be my last one. It will probably just be 18 km (11.2mi), since my last long one was 16km (10mi). I'm not thrilled about that. I had hoped to be running 24km (15mi) for my long runs by the time I got to the half. Having said that, if I can run 18km, I can run 21.1km. Being as it's my first half mary, the main goal is to finish. I'll set a personal best regardless.

I'm hoping the warm weather will help end the string of illnesses. I'm also starting to consider what I can do to minimize them. Everybody knows about handwashing. I am also thinking I need to prioritize sleep time. Going to parks rather then play places with the kids should help, which is where the warm weather comes in. We'll do the flu shot again next year. It's the first year I skipped it in many; I've been sick way more and I'm pretty sure at least two of the "plagues" I got hit with were the flu.

What do you do to stay healthy?


  1. No way? Sick again?? Geez you really can't catch a break in the health department!!

    How I stay healthy? Avoid children. That doesn't help you much! Honestly I have no idea. I try to get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and workout at least 4x a week. That seems to have helped my immune system for the past 3 years.

    My longest run before my 1st half was 19K and I was fine! You will do awesome. Like you said, PB either way!!

    See you tomorrow!

  2. Since you are looking to finish, there is no reason to over-distance in your training. Your long runs seem spot on.

    Feel better.