Four days in bed flat out with a feverish viral infection, which left me very tired and with a tight wheezy chest. I had no choice but to take two weeks off. I could tell I was getting better when I started fretting about losing fitness!
As a recent 5k graduate I'm still terrified of slipping back into being a couch potato. So last week I headed out for some gentle runs, allowing myself to stop and walk briefly a couple of times when it felt a bit tough. No way could I make it all the way up any incline while still a tad husky and wheezy.
In a dimly lit cocktail bar my voice could just about pass for a jazz singer at the mo - but out there in the real world of being a middle aged runner it's more like a faulty bagpipe.
I managed a whole 30 minutes of running this morning. If you can call it that. Any slower and I'd have gone backwards but I stuck with the stepping stones podcast.
I remember finding it slow first time, but today I was just grateful to finish.
Anyone else been knocked back by an infection, how long did it take you to get back on form?
I'm hoping to do first park run and charity 5k in a few weeks. And if all goes well I'd love to start thinking about a 10k in the summer. But it's hard to keep going when the running feels this tough.