Three weeks ago today I did a lovely 5k run that felt nice and easy in just over 30 minutes. I was starting to get myself back together, had bought a treadmill to keep running when the weather is just too much. That night I started with a sore throat which was the onset to the worst bout of flu I've ever had.
So here I am three weeks later. Two of those weeks were spent back on the couch (the irony), where I sniffled, ached and coughed my way through DVD after DVD. I went back to work on Monday, taking it easy as I still felt quite weak but every day I'm feeling better. But so is my waistline. 3 weeks without exercise is starting to show. So this morning I took the plunge and got on the treadmill - it's torrential rain here and I doubt the best thing after flu is to go outdoors for a run and get soaking wet. So what happened? Not a lot!! Just about managed 5 minutes before I had to stop for a coughing fit. Walked a little before doing another 5 minutes when I stopped because my legs felt as though they were about to give way.
Have I really lost that much fitness in 3 weeks? It felt as though I had never run before and I cannot believe how out of breath I was. Thoroughly discouraging. But I suppose the positive is that I have actually run. I'm going to see how I am tomorrow and see if I can do some intervals. Any suggestions of a good place to go back to on the podcasts to build my stamina back up? I'm thinking week 4 for a couple of runs before attempting W5R3 again. Any advice would be most welcome.
Hope you're all well and enjoying your running. I've missed this place.