A couple of weeks ago, just after my second 5k race, I was toying with the idea of signing up for a 5 mile race in January. That’s 8k…a distance I have never run nor tried to run. I asked around on twitter and I was told it’s doable, I would just have to work on my distance for the 6 weeks leading up to the race. Essentially, I would have to add 500m to my run each week.
Believe me, I was seriously, truly, really, honestly considering it. My only concern was, am I trying to do too much, too soon? I’ve only just been able to run 5k, are my expectations just a wee bit high maybe? As I was considering it I was wavering more towards actually doing it, than not.
Until I got sick with a wretched cold on Christmas Eve. Nearly a week later and I’m still coughing and battling a sore throat plus my energy levels are hovering somewhere around 0%. So that’s one week of training gone, kaput, non-existent. And I’m not sure how this week is going to go, if I manage a run it will by necessity be a short one!
So I’ve decided not to sign up for the 5 mile run in January.
I know, I know, I could run part way and walk part way, but I had such hopes that I’d be able to run it anything less would disappoint me. Maybe I expect too much of myself, but that’s how I feel.
And also, there’s the tiny little thing of me wanting to run a 5k in under 40 minutes. I haven’t done that yet, and before I go racing for longer distances, I think I’m going to stick to 5k for now until I achieve my goal. There are plenty of races to run after all, they aren’t going anywhere! 5ks and 10ks aren’t hard to find plus the 5 miler in January is an annual thing, there’s always 2015 right?
Anyway, I am already signed up for a 5k Virtual Race this January (for more info on the Feb race follow @VirtualRunnerUK), and I have until the end of January to run it, so not running the 5 mile isn’t a loss. Who knows? Maybe I’ll run the Virtual Race in under 40?!
I do feel as though I’ve made a sensible decision. But being sensible isn’t easy. It’s tough making sensible, reasonable decisions like staying in bed wrapped up and warm even though you miss running like crazy. It’s sensible to rest instead of going running in cold rain when your throat is on fire and you can’t stop coughing, I do miss running though. I haven’t run for over a week and I miss it. I miss the deep sense of achievement I get when I come home, tired and aching but exhilarated. I miss the motion of running, finding my cadence and suddenly being a kilometre further without even knowing it. I really miss the exercise and fresh air.
You would think I was off injured for months instead of just sick for one week eh?!
You know what? I’m going for a walk.