There’s no two ways about it – my first week back from Nicaragua was rough on about a thousand different levels. I’ll be writing another post about that in the near future (sorry, Nicaragua posts are sooooo not done yet), but for now, just know that my motivation to do anything except look at my pictures and cry about not still being there was basically zero. Still, if there is one thing I am good at in life, it is forcing myself to do things that I don’t necessarily want to do but have committed myself to. And in this case, that includes my training plan for the Pocatello Half Marathon.

So, let’s take a look at my runs for the week:

  • Scheduled: 3-6 miles easy (9:26-10:27) What I did: 3.1 miles at 9:39 pace.
  • Scheduled: 2-4 miles tempo (8:31-8:50) What I did: 2.4 miles at 8:13 pace
  • Scheduled: 4-5 miles fartlek with 8-10 x 30 sec and 1 minute recovery What I did: Nothing.
  • Scheduled: 12-14 miles long run with last 1-3 miles at race pace (9:05-9:15 pace) What I did: Nothing

tumblr_miu7idqonv1ql5yr7o1_400-2Yeah, so, about that whole doing things I committed to, even when I don’t want to…well, it still applies. Even though I basically did the bare minimum on the two runs I did do last week, I wasn’t able to complete the other two for a very legitimate reason. On Thursday, AJ and I tried a new restaurant and, despite trying to effectively communicate my needs, they ended up serving me food that had gluten in it. I was sick by the time we got home and have been ever since (I’m writing this on Tuesday night). Although I’ve been feeling a little better each day, my stomach was less than stable over the weekend and definitely not in any condition to run, not to mention the exhaustion and other symptoms that go along with it.

In addition to being sick, I feel like I have really lost my running mojo since I came home. Although I do find myself wanting to run, I have no desire whatsoever to run fast or push myself. That might have something to do with the heat, sickness, and exhaustion, but my heart is just not in it right now. Here’s hoping next week is a better one!

LEAVE A COMMENT: What do you do when sickness or a lack of motivation derails your training? How do you handle it?

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