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. ;-)
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.
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
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.