It's been a while since I posted on here. There I was, relatively merrily getting on with training for my first 10k, when the nausea that I had been suffering with intermittently became a much more constant feature. It was like morning sickness, with a few other unpleasant things going on too. I went off certain foods, then the nausea associations just got bigger & by about a week ago, having got progressively worse over the previous few weeks, I could no longer bear to cook or even do cereal for my children as the thought of so many things made me sick. Eating & drinking myself had become a very tricky thing. Anyway, after a barrage of tests, I was finally diagnosed mid-last week with Giardiasis - a parasite generally found in developing countries! Straight onto the antimicrobials. I felt much better within a couple of days but gave myself a couple more to actually start eating again & get some energy back.
So today I went out for what I've called a 'rehab' run as I haven't run for exactly 2 weeks & knew I was a bit weaker. I had got up to running 7-8k a couple of times a week at a fairly respectable pace, even with a tiny bit of hill work. I sensibly reverted to the 35 min 'stamina' podcast run today though as a tester & although I did it, I was clumsy & slow (my cadence was still pretty much right but tiny strides so a slower pace) & I felt almost like I was running with somebody else's legs. But I did it, & I'm glad, & shall be picking up my training properly again now.
The question then is this: was I just a bit weak & feeble today because of my recent illness, which is what I had assumed, or could possibly have already lost a significant degree of my newly attained fitness? it's not like I've been running longer distances for a long time. Can we lose it in basically just 2 weeks?! I'm now not sure whether to just slip back a notch in my training programme, which is going to make it very tight for my 10k challenge in 4 weeks time, or try to push on more or less from where I was & just make a bit of an allowance for another week or so? Any thoughts?