Monday 7th October 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Carl Craig – ‘Sessions’

4.08km 17:52 (Pisa Marathon, Session 15)

I think my body may well be conspiring against me, either that or some extra-legal force that operates in total secrecy – striking when least expected and skulking off without so much as a ‘See you soon’. Okay, definitely not the latter but quite possibly the former! Either that or I’m just having a patch of bad running/training juju.

‘What is he going on about?!’ Well, I woke up this morning and felt rotten. Blocked nose, sore throat, slight head and neck ache – yup, three days after recovering from my L3 injury I have picked up a cold. I’m never sure whether to run through a cold or whether to hold off. I decided this morning that I would try to run through it but my breathing was laboured and I was bringing up a lot of phlegm after about 2.5km. I tried some arm pumping to pick up my momentum and turned up my music a little louder to distract me from myself but neither had the desired effect, instead my arms began to ache and the music was doing nothing for a background headache. If anything it was bringing it to the foreground!

Anyway, I’m not going to whinge about having a cold any longer! I’ll attack it head on with a mixture of natural remedy and Lemsip and it’ll clear up by the end of the week if all goes well – a few long sessions in the steam room and sauna on my days off will also help. I’ll more than likely keep on running but just around my local trail loop which, as I’ve mentioned before, starts about 500m from my front door and consists of a single track 1.5km loop. I did all of my injury tests run here because of the close proximity to home so I’ll run through the cold here as well with the knowledge that if it’s getting a little too much I can take a slow jog or fast(ish) walk home. All in all, I’m still feeling naturally high from my injury recovery and from the fact that I’m now feeling 99% certain I’ll make it the start line in Pisa on December 16th and 100% certain (at this point) that I’ll make the start line for my first ultra on January 11th!

Positive thoughts and a positive outlook do wonders for motivation and recovery in my opinion so I’m going to keep on keeping on with a smile on my face [when I’m not coughing and spluttering] until this cold passes and I can start putting in some serious pre-marathon mileage! There are eight weeks to go and although I’ve had to let go of my original training plan due to injury I’m confident that I’ll finish in under 4 hours which will not be a bad achievement for my first ever marathon done with pretty minimal training.

That’s all for today folks, I’m off out to attempt a 6km power hike with the dog before heading out to work the late shift! Hope Monday is treating you all well 🙂

Peace & Blessings x

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