I checked at my calendar yesterday and the Midnight Sun Half Marathon in Tromsø is 25 weeks away. Seems like a long time but when you add everything else going on in life, holidays, etc. it is not. I am actually pretty excited about finally tackling the half-marathon distance. Up until now, my races have been up to 10K but nothing above that. I have hiked longer but never running.
This fall was really hard for me to train. My health was not good and I made the conscious decision to get healthy before I start. If you are new to the blog, I had a stomach bacteria that was giving me many digestive issues. After two brutal rounds of hardcore antibiotics and a fungicide (yeah, that happened because it was so resistant to antibiotics) the bacteria died. However, the medications made me super sick and weakened my immunity. I started feeling better and the day I finally felt better, I went for a run. And that nigh in bed it started—the sniffles. I caught my youngest stepson’s cold and with a vengeance. That was the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. I spent that Tuesday and Wednesday in bed after being sent home from work (I work at Mayo Clinic and I did not want to get people sick). By the Monday after Thanksgiving, I was losing my voice. I am still coughing but it is finally going away. I seriously could not even think about running. I did go for a few hikes and my lungs were on fire after the exercise. It is just very frustrating.
Now, the temperatures have started dropping fast here in Minnesota and I joined a gym so I can use the treadmill on those days when the weather gets below 20°F, and especially in January when it can get to -18°F. This is the life you get when you choose to live in Minnesota. The stuff one does for love.
I have been itching to get back to running, though!My first few weeks of training will be all about getting back into the thick of things. I have been doing buti-yoga (have you tried this workouts? They’re pretty crazy but I don’t hate them), hiking and working on the elliptical trying to sweat out the cold. But come the last week of December it is on. I am actually going with the Jeff Galloway training plan. My main goal is to finish the marathon. I do not want to travel all the way to Tromsø and not finish my first race of this distance. But I also want to enjoy it; I have been told that it is a visually stunning route. So I think this method will work for me.
Do you ever train when you are sick? Have you tried ButiYoga? If so, do you like it?