This was my first week back at home after New Zealand, and to be honest…running around my neighborhood is just not the same as surrounded by the mountains and water. Luckily, I had my first race of the year to look forward to on Saturday – the Green Valley 10 Miler! I’m getting more and more excited about the Prague Marathon – it’s hard to believe it is less than three months away!
Monday, 2/6/2017, 4 miles extra easy: You know how they say “the only run you regret is the one you didn’t do?” Yeah, that’s not true. I woke up in the middle of the night with a weird pain down the side of my back. I figured I slept on it weird and, even though it still hurt in the morning, I got up and went running anyway even though I really didn’t want to. This 4 mile suffer-fest was really a 2.5-mile run with a 1.5-mile run/walk/try not to puke session. I felt incredibly nauseous and weak and generally terrible. After some pestering from AJ, I went to the doctor and um, yeah. So that weird pain down the side of my back? Turns out I randomly have a kidney infection and the pain wasn’t some random pulled muscle in my back. I went to the doctor Monday afternoon and he was horrified by the infection. Actual quote: “I’m surprised you’re still walking!” Me: “Well, I tried to run this morning…that didn’t go so well.” Him: “Uh yeah, I bet not.”
Tuesday, 2/7/2017, OFF: I spent all day in bed nursing my infected kidneys. Good thing it was a cross-training day.
Wednesday, 2/8/2017, OFF: Same as Tuesday. I did take a short walk around my neighborhood and it took me half an hour to go 1 mile. So…yeah.
Thursday, 2/9/2017, OFF: Starting to get a little better, so I took a few short walks around the neighborhood. My kidneys still hurt but I know it’s better to get up and move. Cut my mile time down to 20 minutes – ha!
Friday, 2/10/2017, 3 miles easy: I was SO excited about Friday’s run because I was finally going to be running with a friend! I have done nearly every run by myself since moving to Greenville, but I made plans with one of my friends from barre who lives near me. I was not missing this run (unless, you know, my kidneys were still filled with poison), but I had no idea how it would go. Spoiler alert: it was hard. Really hard. It was hard to talk (because I normally run alone, so I’m not used to it) and it was a little hard to run, but my kidneys didn’t hurt during or after, AND I have a new running buddy! Hooray! She also surprised me with these beautiful paintings based on some of my photos from New Zealand – isn’t she talented? Check out her Etsy store here!
Saturday, 2/11/2017, Green Valley 10-Miler plus a hike: My first race of the year! Race report to come on Wednesday, but for now, just know that it went way better than I could possibly have hoped (not even counting the fact that I was getting over a kidney infection). It’s probably one of the best races I’ve ever run in terms of my mental game and I’m really looking forward to telling you about it this week! I then went on a hike with one of my best friends from middle school/high school who now lives in Charlotte, and we got horrendously lost and it ended up being about 8 miles. All in all, quite the comeback from my little kidneys!
Sunday, 2/12/2017, OFF: I’m not gonna lie – I didn’t want to take Sunday off. My coach said I have to, though. And she seems to be pretty good at coaching so far, so I will begrudgingly listen to her.
LEAVE A COMMENT: How did your training week go? Ever had a major random infection/illness?