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Last week I was cruising happily along, and Thursday it all fell apart. I woke up with a sore throat, chest congestion, and fever last Friday. From Friday to Tuesday I slept more than I was awake. Getting sick on a Friday stinks, I had to wait until Monday to see the doctor and start on antibiotics. I actually hoped I would feel better over the weekend, but that didn't happen, so I was off work Monday snoozing away the hours after I saw the Doc.
I feel like I am just reentering the world this Hump Day.
The previous 5 days were like a black hole. I am so behind on laundry, cleaning, blog reading, work...etc.
So what does one do in between naps when sick?
I worry about how long it will be before I can work out again...crazy? Yes, but fitness is always on my mind.
I have this number I try to live by.
It's been my target number that keeps me motivated week after week. It helps me maintain balance in my life for several years now.
I had to set a goal that is reasonable, and won't make me feel like I am always scrambling to keep up.
I had to set a goal that incorporates rest. My body responds so much better with some rest between workouts.
I had to set a simple goal that allows time for life to happen.
I guess I should also mention, a week for me always starts fresh on Monday :) It syncs with my Loseit, so it is just my habit now.
Over the years, I don't stress about what the "four" looks like. You know I love to run the most, but as long as I've worked up a good sweat and kept my heart rate elevated my for at least 20 minutes I feel like I can check it off. It's been the perfect number to keep me motivated.
I have been crushing my "four" goal for the past few months. Mostly because I run in the morning, and do my weight workout in the evenings. In May, I only took 6 days completely off, but I can't hold myself to that standard all the time. It would exhaust me. I have to have a big picture goal that helps me to see each week as a success, not one that leaves me saying...maybe next week I'll hit it. The last time my goal was disrupted and I blew my "streak" was November 2013. I had a respiratory infection, and I had a few rough weeks where any activity level was fairly limited.
Last week I had worked out Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. My Thursday morning run, just 3.5 miles, left me feeling drained...
I tried wearing my compression socks to work, but by early afternoon I realized I had worse issues. I was aching all over.
Over the weekend I slept a lot, my fever broke Saturday, and it was on my mind...that little voice nagging me...motivating me...if you move some on Sunday you can keep your "streak" going.
Sunday afternoon hubby and I did go the gym. I cycled and did a short upper body session. It was actually a fairly productive visit for us both, even though it was a shorter than usual visit.
Tuesday night I ventured out with my run buddy for a walk. We walked 6.5 miles before we even took a breath. We did run 2 miles, that was all I could handle, however my crazy little brain was all excited, it's early in the week and ✓ one down - just three to go :)
I can't wait to catch up with you all soon. I hate feeling like I have missed stuff!
Do you have a big picture goal that keeps you motivated each week, even when you aren't training?
Do you worry about working out or running when you are sick?
Do you typically feel better doing something active, even if if you don't feel 100%?