My mantra for today is, “Focus on feeling good, do not get tragic.”
I officially have a respiratory infection. I made it to a walk-in clinic this morning, the first one through the door actually, and walked out 20 minutes later with a prescription for Teva-Clarithromycin and Ventolin.
As I enter my seventh week of marathon training, it is very difficult to not get tragic about this stumbling block. I am on a 16 week training plan, and am now feeling like that is far too short because of challenges like illness. In the off-season, I keep a rather solid base, but not enough to be able to run a 42.2k race after a light training regimen.
Illness is a lesson in limitations. Now that I am in my mid-forties, accepting limitations is necessary but easily denied. It is important to know therefore when to push through and when to rest.
Liz and I are meeting up for another Podcast session today to discuss setbacks and how we address them as year round runners. Hiccups in training plans are normal and not to be taken for granted. More importantly, I believe that there are deeper lessons to learn if you are willing to look at your limitations directly without flinching.