Run or rest?

Posted on: 18 Sep 2009

Another easy 4 miles @10:00 yesterday in decent running conditions, a bit blustery and it's definitely getting a bit colder but at least there was no rain about. Despite my experience on Tuesday with the rush-hour traffic, I chose the same route. The traffic was lighter today though at one stage I caused traffic to stop in both directions as neither could decide how to pass me safely and I had to switch to running on the other side of the road to unblock it! Once again I found the run nice and easy, completing it in 39:34, exactly the same time as Tuesday.

I'd picked up a bit a chill on Wednesday, nothing more than that, just a bit sneezy and a slight tickle in my throat, so there was some doubt in my mind about whether I should run or rest. I'm always reluctant to miss a session; as much as anything it's the fear than if I miss one, I'll miss the next one, and that soon I'd be on a slippery downward slope. It's taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage but I'm aware of how easy and quick it is to lose fitness. Part of what drives me on is that I don't want to go back to where I was a year ago - 2 stone overweight and unable to run 100 yards without being badly out of breath. That said, I also don't want to get a bad cold or the flu' through going running when I'd be better resting. It's a difficult balance and I guess I'll find out over the next few days whether I made the right choice.

Enjoy the running!

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