Trying to Recover

My Covid chronicles continue. I did test negative last Tuesday, one day after I last blogged about my illness. My first venture out of the house was Wednesday, where I went on a grand adventure to the grocery store. I came home, put away the perishables, and promptly took a nap. Taking a shower without having to sit and rest is another milestone in the past week. 

Since I was cleared to return to work, I did so, but sticking to half days. I worked Thursday and Saturday. Grateful for colleagues who understand the challenges of returning after Covid. 

And since I trudged through work, I really wanted to try to run. After two and a half weeks of not running, with my last runs 7 and 5 miles, taking on 10 miles yesterday induced a bit of anxiety. I took off with the back of the packers and was determined to make it through the most interesting part of a new route for my marathon training team: a greenway we haven’t explored before. It was worth the effort. Such a pretty route! 

I made it 6 miles running 3:1 intervals, and then walked another mile. I became the coached yesterday, with many of my teammates staying with me and helping me make the smart decision to cut the run. I caught a ride back to the stadium. In different circumstances, I may have taken another week off.

On the Cannon Creek Greenway Sunday.

Obviously, endurance remains an issue, both physically and mentally. I still run a temp of at least 99 at some point during the day. I fatigue so quickly. Sometimes, I also feel like I’m in a lucid state, especially when driving. One of my colleagues described it like being in a video game. That’s pretty accurate. And concentrating on documentation at work was interesting. Technical writing is nothing like blog writing, and I get distracted easily. I still can’t concentrate on reading a book. 

I have yet to decide if I’m running the Ashland Half Marathon on Saturday. I’ll see how the week goes. I might try another short run this week. I’ve run so many half marathons, I’m not worried about if I can run the distance. I’m more concerned about how easily my body will recover if I do. I know it will be slow, though. The weather isn’t looking terrible, with temps starting in the upper 60’s, highs in the low 80’s, and with a 50% chance of rain. At least I know it will be cloudy!

Truly, though, I just want my life back. I’m not one to sit and do nothing. And as “mild” as they say the new variant is, it’s still not insignificant or easy to recover from. Even double vaxxed and boosted. I may just wear a mask forever. 

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Are you recovering from Covid? I’d love to hear about how you are doing. 

As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, Noxgear, and Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2022.

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