Ran 6

Just did six slow miles outside. No, I didn’t really feel like running, but I got a pep talk this afternoon from a certain someone who can’t run at all at the moment. So I went out there and ran six for The Gipper.

My legs were stiff, and since it’s five days before my cycle, I feel like I weigh a thousand pounds and haven’t slept in a week. But I ran them.

It’s supposed to start pouring this evening and basically not stop until Sunday morning. So I figured I’d better get outside while the getting is good.

One day at a time.

I have something in common with Sarah Palin

Besides being 43 and having breasts.

Like me, she can run a sub-4:00 hour marathon.

Read it and, perhaps, weep.

Feeling really bad again

This, the first week of my three week taper, has not gone well. I took Monday and Tuesday off deliberately. Yesterday I felt horrible — elevated heart rate, slight nausea, general malaise, the whole nine yards. I struggled through two recovery runs anyway: a 3 miler in the morning and 5.5 miles in the evening.

This morning I work up feeling worse and with a resting heart rate even higher than yesterday’s. I actually feel fluish, although I don’t have a fever or other obvious symptoms of having picked up a bug. Needless to say, the 16 miler planned for this morning was right out. I took a bath, and lay down for awhile, neither of which helped.

So now I’m at a loss. I think I’m going to wait until I feel right again (and actually want to go running) before attempting another run. But I have no idea when that will be. In the meantime, my carefully planned taper training is going out the window.

I’ve worked so hard since May to train for this race, yet I have no confidence in my training and this latest week of feeling like crap isn’t helping. I’m beginning to wonder if I should bag the race altogether if things don’t look up soon.

I am not happy.