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#20SomethingRuns: Marathon Update #6

I have Glandular Fever.

Wednesday after work I headed to my GP as I was suffering from another episode of Tonsillitis (shocker) and walked out with instructions to rest as much as possible because my blood test results made it clear that I was suffering from more than just Tonsillitis, I had developed Glandular Fever. My first thought was ‘FUCK! I am screwed’ however after sleeping on the news I decided to not let this get the better of me as I’m not giving up on my Marathon dream.

Taking a step back I stuck to simple Cardio on Thursday with a lunchtime spin session, I took it slow and steady but at least I did something!

Friday was Lloyd’s birthday and knowing I had no time to fit my run in after work before we had to head out to dinner I planned to get up at 6am and fit in an early morning run. The word ‘Had’ was the only problem – I slept through my alarms.

I spent Saturday moving house and unpacking and by 5pm I was absolutely shattered, so spent the evening carb loading and reading My Pace Not Yours by Lisa Jackson ahead of Sundays Run.

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Finally it was time for my Long Slow Run and I’d even persuaded Lloyd to come out and join me – Bingo! After deciding during the week that I am going to amend my Marathon Strategy to Run/Walk (run 1 mile walk 1 minute) I was stoked to test it out. Everything started out great as it always does but 2.5 miles in I started flagging and consequently getting annoyed at myself because I knew deep down this shouldn’t be happening and by the time I got to my next walk section I was nearly asleep! At this moment instead of just turning home Lloyd and I decided to halve the miles for the day and run 5 instead so my body didn’t overload.

Monday was scheduled to be a rest and strength training day but because I was feeling up for it I ran 3 early morning miles on 2 large cups of coffee. I found a 1/2 mile and mile lap route round my blocks which makes each run feel more manageable – once you’ve conquered the hill- it’s like having my own personal mile markers in a race. After work I headed to the gym for a upper body workout because I am determined to improve my back and core muscles before London Marathon.

Tuesday was run day so I continued to run another 4 miles with Lloyd at my side for support. I love having him as my personal pacer!

I finally decided to have a rest on Wednesday and just do a 10k row during my lunch break and a quick leg session at the gym after work. This isn’t your typical rest day I know, but with Running being my main focus any day without at least a 5k is a rest for me.

Wednesday I decided it was time to increase my midweek runs to 10k (6 miles). This was hard as I had spent the whole day flagging and not feeling 100% but I managed the miles and I couldn’t be happier.

Today I’m sticking to the spin bike doing a easy 10k recovery cycle. Although I enjoyed the rowing machine I find I use more energy and as I am planning to run 10 miles again on Sunday I want to keep everything simple to conserve energy.

Training with Glandular Fever is tough but not impossible. For me I find the lack of motivation the hardest part because I know that I am flagging quicker, running slower and I’ll need a nap once I am done, so its easy to make excuses. However, knowing that the end result is me crossing the finish line in London for Cardiomyopathy UK is worth it all.

I refuse to let myself down.

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