I Was Sick/Half Marathon Training Week #1


This is not exactly the training recap post I planned to write when I started entering my workouts earlier this week. I ended up with a terrible virus Thursday night which derailed me and the rest of the week’s training!

It all happened so suddenly. I mean, I sort of felt like I had the hint of a cold all week but it was barely noticeable. My son also had a sore throat brewing with a cold but I didn’t think much of it.

Then my ear clogged. I thought it was allergies.

Then Thursday afternoon, I realized I wasn’t hungry when I would normally be hungry. I went to bed only to wake up 30 minutes later VIOLENTLY sick and EXTREMELY dizzy all night long. Violently sick is the polite way to describe my evening!

The first half of the week went well though workout-wise. I am hoping to be able to jump back into my training runs by Tuesday’s workout.

I meant to make a new header image for this NYCRuns Falling Leaves Half Marathon training cycle but getting sick kept me away from my computer – you know how looking at the screen can make you nauseous when you don’t feel well? Yeah, that was me for a few days.

Monday – 5 Miles (Treadmill) & Strength

It was a rainy morning so I opted for an easy run on the treadmill following fairly closing to this easy run on the treadmill workout plan. Monday is usually a Pure Barre workout day but I chose free weights and jump rope in the gym instead.

Tuesday – 7 Miles

This was the first real workout in my training plan!

2 mile warm up/ 12 x 1 min 5k effort/1 min easy + 2 mile cool down

running path

I talked in detail about how this workout went in Thursday’s post. Mentally I was having my doubts during the warm up but once I hit the intervals, I did really well.

Wednesday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 6 Miles

The Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts come in really handy for so many reasons. They are great when you literally only have 10 minutes but they are also great mentally to say – all I need to do is move myself for 10 minutes.

Pure Barre Tone in 10 series

I wasn’t in the mood for a whole Pure Barre routine which means I didn’t feel like getting involved with a workout that was between 30 minutes – 55 minutes. So, I chose the Pure Barre Tone in 10 Full body workout and then once I finished that 10 minute set, I added on the Thighs and Seat series.

20 minutes total, which I pieced together myself, mentally felt like nothing yet got the strength and tone job done.

6 easy miles outside around 9:45 pace.

Thursday – 7.25 Miles

First tempo run in a while! I was slightly nervous but knew I could do it.

2 mile warm up + 3 miles at half marathon effort + cool down


It takes a little time for my body to instinctively realize what half marathon pace feels like. Right now, I just kick into high gear to run fast which translates into running faster than the pace I actually need to hit.

My ideal half pace is around 7:50. Clearly I went too fast but I am glad to know I can hold a faster pace and use the feeling of this run to help me gauge my half pace next week.

I wrote this Thursday morning after my run which leads me to believe the virus may have been coming on already at this point:

I felt fine during the first tempo mile but by mile two, my breathing was feeling it. By mile 3, I thought I may lose my pre-run breakfast. Ugh, my stomach is usually iron!

Friday – Sick Day

I woke up (actually I never really slept) feeling a little better but no way was I running. I barely moved much all day, I didn’t leave the house and I was back in bed for the night by 5:00 pm.

Saturday – 3 Easy Miles

I slept fairly well and felt pretty much like myself. Once I was sick Thursday night, I knew I wouldn’t be running long this weekend but I decided to run 3 easy miles just to get some air and move myself a bit.

The run itself was okay, my stomach was a bit tight. Best way I can describe it. All day I sort of felt like nothing I was eating (which consisted mainly of bagels, oatmeal, eggs and potatoes) was digesting. It was all just sitting there. I always expect to feel 100% right away but that’s not the case.

Sunday – Maybe a few easy miles

It’s supposed to be nice weather so I will probably head outside for a few easy miles (no more than 3) or maybe just a walk.

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Anyone else sick this week? I feel like so many people I know have been sick with something!

How was your week in workouts?

Which bland foods do you like to eat after you have been really sick?

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

14 thoughts on “I Was Sick/Half Marathon Training Week #1”

    1. I would never run long after being that sick! I cannot relate to understand those who do such things. and bagels are the best, especially after being sick. my appetite is back but bland is really all I want right now.

  1. I swear, everyone I know’s been getting sick! They all do the same thing and brush it off as allergies until WHAM; it hits them hard. My mom’s been down for the count for a few days, but luckily my immune system seems to be dealing with it better so my symptoms haven’t been as bad. Rest up and feel better!


  2. Oh no–so sorry you were sick…..better now to get and be done with than in a few weeks when you have big events happening!!
    Workouts were good–several hot yoga classes and running and my OT class yesterday was really good:)

    Glad you are on the mend.

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