Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy! This is absolutely one horrible virus! I have been trying to just do, in form, a regular week of 4 runs and 3 gym workouts. I will do that, but it has been very abnormal. In researching this virus, I have found that it has two very hideous long term impacts.....1) The lung inflammation lasts for at least a month after your initial week of illness, and 2) there is a level of muscle damage that persists for up to seven weeks from that initial week. I read a blog bye an ultramarathoner that got the flu in early january and is still unable to run quite the same way since. I have gotten three 6K runs and three gym workouts in this week so far, but my lungs just won't open up, and I have had persistent horrid muscle pain after every type of workout. Coming home from a weight workout at the gym, I have to lay on the couch cause everything hurts so damn bad. So I will need to treat this more like a long term injury than an illness, and will for sure not race in early march, and potentially not race in mid april. My next race may end up being an evening race in las cruces on july 3rd. We will see.....anyway, this is a bad bad freakin flu!
2 Mi 10:08 5:04 Pace 91' 5K 17:45 5:44 Pace 90' 4 Mi 23:20 5:52 Pace 90' 5 Mi 29:56 5:59 Pace 89' 10K 37:54 6:07 Pace 91' 15K 1:00:30 6:30 Pace 91' 1/2M 1:27:30 6:41 Pace 93' M 3:10:58 7:17 Pace 50Mi 8:22:50 10:03 Pace 94'
Just completed 40 years of running and racing distances from 1500 meters to 50 miles. After 4 back surgeries, surgeries to both feet, having my knee and ankle broken after being hit by a truck, and having had meniscus surgery in 2011, I have limited my competitive running to races I can complete in an hour or less. I think I have used up all 9 of my running lives, so I am hoping to stay injury free for a few more years! My goal now is to try and run 4 days a week with two days of quality work, and to supplement that with three days a week of weights and bike intervals at the gym. The Combination of Year/Kilometers (40 plus years and over 110,000 kilometers) have enjoyed their full effect on me orthopaedically.