TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 12

Well, this past week was pretty much a bust. But in keeping with tradition, I’m recapping what little there is to recap. In last week’s training recap, I mentioned that I was feeling alright Sunday morning but by Sunday evening I was feeling pretty sick. The truth of it is that by Sunday evening I felt like I’d been hit by a truck: my whole body hurt, I felt exhausted, I had chills, a headache, and a bad cough. As it turns out, I had come down with the flu. I missed an entire week of work and my entire week of training. So this recap barely qualifies for the Weekly Wrap linkup, hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’, since the point of the link up is to recap something active you did. Here’s what I’ve got….


Monday – Friday: Rest. I was battling the flu the whole week and basically spent my entire week sleeping and resting. I also developed a sinus infection on top of the flu on Thursday, but I went to the doctor and am on antibiotics for that now. My biggest accomplishment these five days was taking a shower, and that didn’t even happen every day.

Check out Saturday/Sunday versus Monday through Friday.

My fever broke by Thursday morning, thank goodness. And a lot of the exhaustion and aches were gone by Friday. My doctor said I could start easing back into things on Saturday but that I needed to pay attention to how I was feeling and not push it.

Saturday – 25 minute walk/run on the treadmill (1 minute run/2 minute walk intervals), followed by 5 minutes of walking at incline for about two miles total. A far cry from the 16 miles I had on my schedule, but it’s going to take a bit of time to get back into things. It felt really good to get my legs moving, but I was so tired after my workout I needed a nap and then slept for nearly 12 hours Saturday night.

Sunday – 30 minute walk/run on the treadmill (2 minute run/2 minute walk intervals), followed by 5 minutes of walking at incline. This time I was able to get in just over 2.5 miles. I originally had 10 miles scheduled. I did find that a run followed by a hot shower helps with congestion.

As of this morning I’m almost back to normal. I’m still dealing with a lot of chest and sinus congestion, but my energy levels are returning. This coming week of training is going to be about easing back into things and working my way back to a normal routine. I still plan to do my 10 mile trail race on Saturday, but I don’t know yet what my approach will be. My overall goal at this point is just to get back into the regular swing of things hopefully by the end of next week. Unfortunately, there can often be lingering lung effects from the flu, so I’m just going to have to take things day by day and see how it goes.

Have you ever had the flu during training? How was your recovery?
Tell me something good from your week.

8 thoughts on “TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 12”

  1. Ugh, being sick with the flu is the worst! Glad you’re on the mend. I was feeling pretty crummy last week too, but I think it was allergies. Hope your trail race goes well this weekend!

  2. Welcome to spring, huh? Glad to hear the fever broke and you’re getting back into training. When I did Disney races in January/February, I was always worried about getting the flu. I get my flu shot every year but they’re not as effective as I’d like.

  3. Oh no. So sorry to hear you were sick all week! Glad to hear you are feeling better! Hoping your week goes well. Don’t push it too hard. Listen to your body, especially for your trail race!

  4. I told you my good news in texts on Friday, but since I didn’t text the world, I’ll share it publicly here for the first time! My youngest son and his girlfriend asked me to join their Ragnar DC team for this fall! I’m so tickled that they want me to be on their team! 🙂 We haven’t worked out the details and it isn’t 100% definite that we’ll do it, but….

    Hope your recovery goes smoothly, and you’re feeling great very soon!

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever had the flu (knock on wood). A shower can be a huge accomplishment when you are that sick! I’m glad you’ve turned the corner and your energy level is returning. You’ll know how to approach the trail run when it gets here. You may be surprised at how much you rebound this week. Good luck. Thanks for linking with us Meagan.

  6. I hate to hear you have been dealing with sickness! No fun at all! I hope you are much better by now. It usually takes me a few days to recover even after I feel better after being sick. Have a great week Meagan!

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