Ghostrider


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Getting back into it following illness

Posted: Yesterday at 10:24

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.

What counts as a running obsession?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:29

Never done the Good Friday run, but done Brighton half in 2010,11,12...

What counts as a running obsession?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:06
Philomena Cunk wrote (see)

I know Ghostrider is a man. He does some of the same races as me.

 

Which races have we done?

 

What counts as a running obsession?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:03

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.

What counts as a running obsession?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:56

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?

Have you ever been last in an event?

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:43

I have just come 142 out of 342 runners. What i noticed the most though, was there were fitter runners than me, coming in behind me, and older people ahead of me (i'm 41). It was my third marathon and i struggled with a bug that was still inside me, plus it was a really humid day. I wasnt too happy about my position, but its like someone said, 'there is only one winner, so ultimately it is only yourself your trying to beat'.

I noticed being in this pack of runners as well raw courage, that others like me were finding it really tough, and where as my place has been higher in the past, i think i needed to be knocked down a peg to see how everyone who does a race puts their heart and body into it. It was raw determination that kept us going, and we all helped each other. It was true spirit.

Gunky chests

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 10:36

I just completed a marathon yesterday, and even on race day I was coughing up loads of gunk, as I am today. Its been going on a week.

I was actually about 20 minutes slower than last year for the same race, I think the chest, the humidity and the jarring of my back taking its toll. I am pleased I completed it, and I wasn't the only one who struggled, but I wonder, do we make excuses for a bad run, or are there genuine reasons why we didn't do so well.

I was running 22 miles a few weeks ago quite comfortably, so I was in high spirits. I am not in low spirits now, I still did a sub 4.30 for a tough race (Farnham Pilgrim), but you try and look for explanations as to what went wrong.

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 14:51

Will try Paracetamol. Thanks.

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 11:20
Peter Everitt wrote (see)

Could it be that the immune system holds off fighting illness (viruses and the likes) whilst you are working hard (running or jobwise) and when it feels you ease off a bit (whilst tapering or starting your holiday) takes the opportunity to do its job? Just a theory, could be total bo**ocks...

You are right mate, wise words there...

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 08:31

This isnt another, should i run before a race blog, but an interesting fact that i have noticed about my own self. In a lot of races, i always seem to catch a bug in the week or so before, its either a cold, or a chest gunk fest, or something along those lines. Sometimes i think i am jinxed. There is some arguement to say i have been overdoing it, but has anyone else had this happen to them?

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