Last week ended up not being a very fruitful week of workouts. I dealt with congestion early in the week, which turned into a full-blown cold later in the week. I took a few days off of running in order to get better. I knew a few days off would lead to better training overall. Plus, it’s tiring to be sick while taking care of a baby!
Monday: 5.3 mile treadmill run
I followed another simulation of the Boston Marathon course. This segment involved 360 feet of climbing. I’m really enjoying treadmill hills right now. I really think they are contributing to how strong I feel on my runs and how well I’ve regained some speed postpartum.
Currently, I am trying to avoid any perfectionist tendencies with my running. The simulation was 48 minutes in length, so that’s what I ran. I set the data screen so that I could not see distance or average pace, just time, current pace, and current incline.
Tuesday: 5.2 mile treadmill run
I woke up with congestion and hints of a head cold, so I opted to run easy instead of completing my planned fartlek run. I opted for another simulation course on iFit with rolling hills and set the pace at a comfortable 9:15/mile.
Wednesday: 30 minute postnatal Pilates
By Wednesday morning, my cold was in full force. Instead of exercising, I went back to sleep for an extra hour after Isla’s dream feed. By Isla’s morning nap, I felt a bit better, so I did a postnatal Pilates mat workout. I appreciated the modifications of this workout, since I’m still (4 month later) build back some of my core strength.
Thursday: 55 minute run
I felt better, so I ran a bit longer and threw in some 3-minute pickups to a steady 8.0 mph. In retrospect though, I should have kept this run short and easy.
We also celebrated Isla’s four-month birthday! She’s growing into such a curious, energetic, vibrant little girl.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Rest Days
Friday I awoke with a low-grade fever, so after her dream feed I went back to bed. I slept in until Isla awoke for the day. By Saturday, I started to feel better, but I continued to rest until I fully kicked this cold.
How was your week in running?
How do you handle a cold when training?
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