It was over a month ago, when I was doing my taper phase of running for an upcoming marathon that I noticed my chest started feeling heavy, that there was a big rattle in my lungs. I didn't pay much notice, since I could still run, didn't feel ill. I did have a cough, and was bringing up some gunk, but just thought maybe I had a cold. This carried on, but I still ran my marathon although I was about 20 minutes slower this year. I was even coughing up gunk on race day, so I was definitely ignoring the tell tale signs that something was wrong. Looking back I probably had Bronchitis, but things took a bad turn, when I developed the flu, but this was really bad flu, and within a few days, I got weaker, had more trouble breathing, and when I saw the Doctor she confirmed that I had developed Pneumonia. I had to take two weeks off work, and when I came back last week, I was still a bit week. But this week I am at full strength and went for a run, after an absence of running for three weeks. I did 6 miles, and it didn't feel too bad, but my legs ached for the next few days like I had run a marathon. To do 6 miles, normally, its barely a training run, I average 8-10, and usually run a half marathon when I do a long one, and have no races pending.
I just wanted to share my story though since although I love running, its a bit of a slippery slope and you never know whats around the corner. I am having trouble motivating myself to go out at the moment, but its in my blood, and I hope soon, to get my fitness on an even par again.
lol..i have a female partner, and i have a 9yr old son, but if i do a long run, which means out there for a couple of hours, then i do it early morning while they are asleep, and the shorter runs which take an hour or so, i try to either do it before a late shift on a week day, meaning i take my son to school first, but if i do a run when they are both there, and its evening, or day time weekend, i always try and do it, when they are watching a movie or something, and its quiet. Never if we have anything planned for the day.
Running like many for us, its an important aspect in our lives, and i couldnt not run, since it keeps me stress free, and i love being out there. It covers about 6 hours of my weekly life though, with a few races thrown in through the year.
Its an interesting question, and one my partner accussed of being. I run three times a week, one long run, and two shorter ones, plus i do a race maybe every 3-4 months. I dont talk about it, since i know it bores her.
It came about this point, since i have just finished one marathon, and am going to another in about 5 weeks, but then i am just going to go to small training runs till next year, and do another marathon maybe in April.
What in everyone's mind though is a definition of a running obsessive? Or are we just over endulging in a hobby we enjoy. What draws the line, between being average, and it taking over your life?