If you’re into preppy New England style athletic wear, then you already know about Tracksmith’s new line No Days Off and its advertising campaign. The message behind No Days Off created a discussion in my running club. I won’t rehash our discussion, but Tracksmith tries to thread the needle of the hardcore must train no matter what, no excuses and the actual reality that people really do need a day off once in a while.
Last week, after Tuesday’s run, I felt a bit off. I thought it was because I was hungry because I ran later than usual so lunch was later than usual. I figured I’d feel better after I ate. A couple hours later, I was slumped on the couch, whimpering from stomach pains. I texted Ben that I wasn’t feeling well. He texted back that I should rest and not to worry about dinner (earlier that morning I told him that I was planning on making dinner for us). When he came home, the stomach pains were replaced by a horrible back pain and a pounding headache. I took an Advil and went to bed early.
I woke up in the morning, feel better, but not great. The headache was gone. My body only mildly ached. All morning I debated whether I should go run or not. It’s now the waning weeks of marathon training. I want to make sure that I arrive on the starting line as fit as I could be and knowing that I did everything I could do to get there ready to rumble.
At noon, I knew I could go out and run. Most of the pain in my body had subsided. If I ran gently, I knew I could complete the easy 8 miles that was in the training plan. Instead, I texted Leah that I was skipping the run in favor of sleeping more.
I knew I could run, but I chose not to. Why? Because my priority is to get to the start line of the Phoenix Marathon on Feb 9th fully healthy. I asked myself, if I would rather get one more training run in, but arrive slightly sick or miss a run and arrive fully healthy. No contest – the latter all the way.
Missing one training run is not going to make a difference in marathon training. I’ve been consistent and putting in the miles beforehand. I can afford to miss one run. I can’t afford to get to the start line being slightly ill because that puts my race at risk. I knew if I ran, I would be putting stress on my body and it wouldn’t be able to fight off whatever infection I picked up.
I slept all afternoon. When I woke up in the evening, I felt almost 100% like myself. I had an early dinner and went to bed early again. When I woke up in the morning, I was 100% back to normal. I nailed the mile repeats that were that day’s workout. If I had run the previous day, I knew I would have been still slightly sick and my run would have been affected. Who knows how long I would have stayed slightly sick?
I feel good and all systems are go for Phoenix.