Lately, my runs have felt anything other than easy. In fact, since I got sick in August, running has felt slow and laborious. It’s my new normal, so it seems.
The first week in August, I developed Covid symptoms. I was sick for 2 weeks. The first few days, I couldn’t tell you which symptom was worse: the relentless headache, or the non-stop watering eyes. I also had a low grade fever that lasted the entire two weeks. It seemed each day brought a new, annoying symptom. I went to the doctor two times and was tested for Covid both times using a PCR test. The results of each were negative. I’ve now been tested 3 times through work as well, all negative.
It took a while for me to get back to running. I obviously didn’t run while I was ill, so took those two weeks off, but then I also gave myself some grace when I did get back to running. I took lots of walk breaks. I ran intervals with my teammates (socially distanced, of course). But “recovery” from whatever that illness was has seemed ridiculously long. It’s been so bad that my new joke has been, “if you like to walk, you’ll love running with me!”
We are on our annual Thanksgiving holiday week on the Outer Banks of NC. We drove, and we are only with our immediate family (our quarantine cluster). My latest runs have been ALL running, for which I’m grateful. But when my effort seems like a 10:30 pace, and I look at my Garmin and see 12:00, it makes me want to cry! I was never a fast runner, anyway, but I swear my watch was wrong! Sigh.
Hopefully, if I’m persistent with training, the speed will return. I have to have faith that it will. For now, I’m on my maintenance miles schedule since marathon season is over. My best friend is talking me into doing some speed work. Yes, maybe it’s time to get back to that.
For now, I hear the kitchen calling! I’ve got a chocolate cake to make…
Did you train for a marathon this fall? How did it go? Did you contract Covid and struggle to get back to running after? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Happy running! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.