I had a really awesome weekend of training....but now my body is trying to get back at me. I've felt the onset of a sore throat since Friday. It hasn't gotten any worse...but hasn't gotten better either. Monday I was feeling a bit achy, but went to yoga anyway and went ahead and ran 3 miles that night. The run was undoubtably the worst run of my life. I felt like crap and it took every fiber in my body to finish. I was drenched in sweat and hurting all over when I finished. When I got home, I was thinking I should have skipped the run...but also kept thinking "But what if I feel even worse on Wednesday and I have to skip THAT run too?? Then I'll be going blindly into a 9 mile run on Friday, and that would not be cool."
Well, I woke up yesterday morning drenched in sweat and feeling completely exhausted. I called in sick to work and spent most of the day in bed. I wasn't running a fever, but I just felt completely drained. I finally went up to urgent care last night and sat around for nearly 2 hours just to find out that it was viral and they cannot treat it. The dr also said to take it easy because training this hard breaks down the immune system and my body has to work to repair muscle tissue instead of trying to heal from a viral infection.
So now I don't know what to do. I'm supposed to run 4 miles tonight and 9 on Friday. I'm still feeling like poo and I haven't swam in 2 weeks! I'm supposed to swim tomorrow, but there is a stride workshop I really want to go to. Do I skip running tonight, but swim instead and go to the stride workshop tomorrow? Do I run tonight, swim tomorrow, and skip the workshop? Do I take tonight off again and try to rest? Or do I run tonight, swim tomorrow right after work, and still go to the workshop? I'm so torn... And I still feel incredibly tired and worn out... But St Louis is only 3 1/2 weeks away, so I feel like I can't afford to miss any training. Any advice??
Here's Monday's workout:
Monday, March 23, 2009: yoga, 3 mile run