It wasn’t supposed to be like this! After an amazing December, meeting my goal to do 100 miles by Christmas and then the brilliant experience of running the Boxing Day Chevin Chase in the dry, I was all set for another few weeks of adventure with the New Year double parkrun and the Temple Newsam Ten (mile).
Yet all of it was not to be since on the Wednesday following Christmas (three weeks ago today) I had a sweaty fever with a temperature and have been battling the flu ever since. I remember a few years ago an episode of the X-Factor where a contestant was summarily ejected from the competition on the first night by an unexpected snap public vote (presumably done to spice things up a little). When this hapless young man was asked by Dermot O’Leary how he was feeling, his response, which has alway stuck in my memory for being poignant and honest, was simply “I feel like crap” which is also a good summary on how I felt. People bundle together colds and flu but anyone who thinks they are in any way related can’t ever of had actual flu! I snapped at someone at work who used the term “man flu”, what do they mean by that?
Seriously, it really is rubbish! When you are someone who is usually so full of energy, getting up at 5AM to do a 6 mile run and all that, having to lie down because you don’t have what it takes to move around too much isn’t very nice. I missed the Temple Newsam Ten which was a real shame because for me, it’s a highlight race.
One thing that did cheer me up though was the December medal from Awesome Running Events, this reminds me of what things ought to be like.
So today I went out for my first tentative run for three weeks and I felt OK. The plan now is to gradually get back into my stride because last time something similar happened, I did too much too soon and got injured. I needn’t panic because the “big picture” is the Yorkshire Marathon which isn’t until October so a long and steady build-up plan is what I need.
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV