Getting Back Into Running

Last week I shared that I was coming back from an injury….or something. After getting the flu (yes, I tested positive for Influenza A), I had a nasty cough and then some serious chest pains for a few weeks. The chest pain localized and I had some pressure when running. Anyway, I tried taking some time off and then walking, but this week I was back at running again for a few days. I’m still slow, still getting back out there, but it feels good to be able to get out when I can!

Here’s a look at this week’s runs:

Sunday:  5.27 mi

Monday: 3.63  mi walk/run

Tuesday: 4.2 mi run 

Wednesday: 4.66 mi run

Thursday: 5.06 mi run

Friday: off

Saturday: 7 mi run

Total: 29.82 miles

Some highlights-

Sunday I got in a decent run outside. I still felt some pain when running, but it was good to be outside. There were so many people out but I practiced social distancing and crossed the street, etc. And it was warm enough to wear shorts!!

We’ve gotten outside a few days with the kiddos – if anything, we’re getting outside each night for a walk around the block.

One night, FW decided he wanted to run – and we ran .25 mi together! 

He’s also been into trying to ride his bike. What fun!

Saturday I wanted to get in a long run — so I opted for 7 miles. I did some walking and still was in a little pain, but overall, felt pretty good. It’s nowhere near where I should be if I want to do the Cleveland half, but at least I was feeling semi-good? And I got up early enough that there weren’t too many people on the trails for me to dodge around and ensure 6 feet. 

And an important update – you may know that I’m a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador. This year, the Cleveland Marathon has gone virtual! That’s right, this year, they’ve opted to do a virtual race.  

In light of COVID-19, they’ve cancelled the in-person May event (which I 1000% support!) and are instead hosting a virtual event – you can run your race between April 15 and May 17. You’ll still get your shirt, medal and other goodies – you just need to send in your personal results after you do them. If you already signed up and don’t want to do the virtual event, you can opt to run in 2021 or 2022!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you done a virtual event? 
  • If you had the flu, how long did it take you to recover/run longer distance again?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.


5 thoughts on “Getting Back Into Running

  1. Knock wood (I seem to be saying that a lot recently LOL), I don’t think I’ve ever had the flu. As for virtuals…I’d done a tiny handful many years ago, but they have re-entered my life recently. All of my Spring events have now bit the dust (in one way or another), so I’m trying to make the best of the situation and stay in (somewhat) racing condition.

  2. Yes I am all about the virtual runs right now. Wrote a whole post about them last week. They really help to keep me motivated. So glad to hear that you are feeling better now. Looks like you had a pretty week of runs despite feeling a little weak. Thanks for linking up!

  3. Glad you’re feeling better! Like Kim, I have been fortunate to never have the flu (at least not confirmed), but I have heard it can take quite a while to get back to 100%. Be kind to yourself!

  4. I am so glad the flu is over for you. I haven’t had it (knock on wood), but I understand it knocks you out for quite some time. Take it easy.

    All the kids are learning to ride their bikes around here. It’s a great time for that.

    You got some great mileage, especially for coming back from sickness. Keep it up!

  5. I’m getting ready for my virtual Glass City Marathon (half) right now. It’s just going to be a fun run through the park for me. I am no where near where I’d like to be for half marathon racing, and I’m good with that! Great time to be learning to ride a bike. So cute!

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