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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

First Runs After Being Sick - RunLog 2-23-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

I usually don't miss too many days of running, but this past weekend, I had the energy of a wet noodle and spent most of Sunday trying too keep the toothpicks in my eyes to stay away. Not good, the body aches, chills, sweats, but otherwise no really getting sick, think I fought it off. Hell I made it to work yesterday, but just didn't have anything left for running, the tank was empty.

I think I got lucky though, because I just had the really mild symptoms compared to everyone else I have talked who has been sick lately. It must be the tea I drink almost daily (well I don't know if  would call it tea, but I add hot water and stir it up)

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (add in fresh shredded ginger root when it is in the house)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • once in a while add in 1/4 tsp cloves for variety

Put everything together in a 16 oz coffee mug, pour in the hot water, stir, then keep shaking it up before taking a sip. It might take some getting used too, but I have been pretty healthy all winter and didn't get nearly as sick as much as I used to or like I thought I was going too.

It really doesn't taste too bad once you get used to it...I have been told it does have a bit of bite or kick to it by others who have smelled it...for some reason they didn't dare to taste it. ;-)

Run #1

An easy run down back with Bennie. There were icy sections and I was still feeling a bit weak from the weekend, so we just plugged along.

Yeah, it was chilly with the feels like in the single digits, so I dressed warmly and wore the PI n1 Trails - they worked just fine as long as I picked the lines, attempted to stay in the crunchy stuff and didn't attempt to cross the spring/rocks over by Tiffany to quickly. It would have been arse meeting ground to go through there too fast.

I had thought about doing 4.0, but when I got the end of the Circle, I was done and stopped. It was actually a good choice.

Run #2

Yeah, I probably didn't need it, but I wanted to get another run in and needed to get away from the desk at work. So I went to the UMA gym, saw a couple people to talk with and did a quick 3.0 on the treadmill.

  • 1.0 @ 7.5 mph
  • 1.0 @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 7.7
  • .25 @ 7.8
  • .25 @ 8.0
  • .25 @ 8.6

Time: 23:17
Distance: 3.01
Pace: 7:44
Shoes: PI N1 Tri v2

Now I wasn't really expecting to run this fast today and by the time I got to those last two, things were getting tough, but I also wanted to build a little mental toughness and make it hurt a little - it did. It wouldn't have been so bad, but those four days off did seem to take something out of me. Mmmmaybe Harold being sick did have something to do with it and you are getting to be an old fool, who just refuses to grow-up or is that admit you are an old fool????

Oh I admit it freely, but it doesn't mean that I have to like it or give into it, if I don't have. Today, yeah it hurt, but I made it to the end without breaking anything and it will help down the road, when I am running in a race and go remember when you able to even though you had just been sick.

Mind games are so much fun.



  1. I think I can't see the words 'mind games' together without hearing Lennon's voice. :) Not a bad thing, really. I love how in that song he uses a shifting harmony over a static modality. Some of these pop/rock writers have much more on the ball musically than they are given credit for. Then again, most don't :)

    Glad you didn't get too sick! Taking my son to get a more powerful antibiotic did the trick and within 24 hours he was like a different person, and my wife did the "I know better but who cares" thing of taking his other antibiotic which seems to have been perfect as she was headed for a nasty bug but has fought it pretty well.

    Glad the first runs back went pretty well ... and I know what you're saying about minding the lines - there are days where hearing that crunch is the safest sound you have :)

    1. Thanks Mike, glad the wife and son got through it okay. I know that there are a lot of people around here that have been out of work more than a week with whatever it is that is going around. Nasty bug.

      I do like some of Lennon's work, others got a little to weird for me, but I am a pop rocker to hard rocker who has no musical knowledge or talent ;-) and am the first one to admit.

      The first week after being sick is always a step back and get the strength back. The crunch noise is a good thing, it means you have some grippage and will probably get through where ever you are going, it is when everything suddenly goes quiet...and you suddenly find yourself on your arse. hehehhe not fun :-)


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