The half marathon is less than 2 weeks away, so our taper officially began on Sunday.
But I suppose in order to have a taper, you would actually have to have a training program going beforehand. We did not. But I was ready to attempt redemption last week.
And then Wednesday morning I woke up with a sore throat. I drank Emergen-C, I drank tea, I took the day off from training, and I slept. By golly I was going to fight this thing.
Instead, I woke up Thursday with a full-blown cold. Sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, muscle aches, lingering sore throat. THANKS, running gods.
Aaron was sick. I was sick. I wanted to be taken care of, but I was the better off between us, so I ended up having to do the care-taking and the Chinese Food run (what is it about being sick that makes it impossible to stick to healthy food?).
After 3 days off from exercise, we finally felt well enough to get in 4 miles in on Saturday. Aside from wheezing and coughing up stuff I didn’t know my body could produce, it was a perfect, warm run in almost 60 degrees weather. I forgot how absolutely glorious it feels to be outside and not freezing and miserable. SUCCESS!
But then both of us woke up on Sunday feeling worse. We weren’t able to do our 2 hour-long run. Instead, we literally stayed in bed/on the couch all day watching football and wallowing in each other’s misery.
Yesterday, I did sprint intervals which felt great, but really, that was one of the only quality workouts I’ve done in a while. At least I have officially lost the weight I gained over the holidays!
I’m planning to push it a little more this week than I would during a normal taper just to gain back some of the fitness we’ve lost over the last several weeks. I think right now I will focus on just meeting my Duke City time of 1:45:38 and not stress too much about getting in at 1:40, because I have not trained myself into it.
However, looking around the blogosphere and talking to other people I know running the race, the holidays have been a major setback for most people. I haven’t heard a lot of people saying they are going into this taper week feeling confident. So, maybe I will still end up finishing in the top 10% just because no one else will be running really fast either? One can only hope.
Even though the illness was a major bummer, I’m thankful that it wasn’t worse or longer. Today is 7th day since the cursed cold began, and even yesterday I was pretty much cured. Usually my colds last almost 2 weeks. I credit this to our extreme dedication to Emergen-c.
And hot toddies.
I’ve heard people swear that hot toddies cure colds. I have never had one before (because quite frankly they sound disgusting) but we were desperate. So we drank up. And turns out they aren’t the worst thing I’ve ever drank. It took Aaron a few tries to perfect the recipe:
HOT TODDY RECIPE (makes one cold-busting, not so terrible tasting drink)
1) 1 ounce whiskey (we used Knob Creek)
2) 1 teaspoon honey
3) 1 tablespoon lemon juice (the juice from 1 wedge)
4) pinch of mulling spices (or cloves)
5) 2/3 cup boiling water
So, now we’re mostly healthy and back on track to at least finish out our training and hopefully not have the world’s most pitiful showing at the race. If only they had pills for quick-fix running improvement like they do for weight loss, then we’d be set!