STOP THE TRAIN, I NEED TO GET OFF
Good grief, Charlie Brown. My body is pissed off. And while I've pushed it as much as I can over this training cycle, through sickness and ridiculous amounts of antibiotics for what should have been a quickly fixed infection (but wasn't), last week my body said, "Hell no, I won't go."
And it forced me to take heed.
Guys, I was so tired last week from burning the candle at both ends (and probably setting the middle on fire, too, because why not?), and from these antibiotics that make me feel like utter garbage, I could barely get out of bed. I got through work and my new part-time gig as design blog editor, but everything else? Nope, nope, nope.
I did exactly three workouts this week: BodyFlow on Wednesday, a 2-mile run on Friday (because death was imminent if I had gone further), and a 9 mile bike ride on Sunday (and we stopped for donuts mid-ride). And that was enough.I skipped the race I was going to run on Saturday morning because I just needed to sleep.
I'm only a few weeks out from Kiawah, and it's not ideal to have the wagon break down this close to the end of the trail, but it happened. I still plan to run it (slog it?) at this point, but I haven't taken deferring it off the table. I'll see if I can get my wits about me this week and then decide.
In any case, I have new race on the horizon. Like I mentioned last week, I shifted my training a bit to focus on Save the Light Half Marathon in February, since battling this infection that's had me on and off antibiotics since September. Both the infection and the antibiotics are/have taken their toll on me and make running harder than it should be).
I never realized how much antibiotics can affect running performance until this recent battle. Seeing as I spent several months through 2015 and 2016 (probably at least half the year each year) on antibiotics, it's no wonder my running has been absolutely terrible. That, combined with the actual issues causing the need for antibiotics plus the low ferritin/vitamin D in late 2016/early 2017, I was a hot mess.
So anyway, it's a new week and I'm going to try cobbling together something that sort of resembles training amidst the Thanksgiving festivities. Wish me luck!