I can tell.
The universe is about to conspire against me.
This is suppose to be my peak week and then I taper down to GA ING. And my plan for this week was this:
Sunday: 10 miles-general aerobic pace. Check!
Monday: 6 miles recovery and bike (wanted it to be longer but it didn't workout that way.Bike is just superfluous this week so it doesn't matter.) Check!
Tuesday: Treadmill speed session (5 miles) and an hour swim. Check!
Wednesday: 10-12 mile general aerobic run. Possibly gym bike in the afternoon.
Thursday: hour swim
Friday: 25 mile long run
Saturday: 4-6 miles at recovery.
Total running miles for the week would be just over 60.
Found out this morning it is going to be cold and rainy on Friday. 70% chance. And, I'm sorry call me a wuss but I am not running my longest hardest run in the rain. Been there done that for a marathon. Absolutely I will suck it up for a race but not for a training run. Just ain't worth it.
So this morning I figured I could switch Wednesday and Friday workouts. On paper this works out fine. But. . .
First problem is that I am little toasted from the previous days workouts. In general I prefer to not run the day before a long run or, at the very least, go easy the day before. Yesterday was not an easy day.
Second and biggest problem is that last night I had a sinus headache and took a Congestac (decongestant and expectorant) to ease the sinus pressure. As a result, I didn't sleep well and I feel dehydrated today. I figured I could suck it up, as
lord knows I've run with a cold, bronchitis even, but as much as I tried to rally myself it ain't gonna happen. I did try. But my head has that swimming sick feeling. I turned back less than a 1/4 mile in. I know I could make it 10 miles but I just feel like 25 is not a good idea.
So . . . new plan is swim an hour to 2 hours this morning. Rest and hydrate today. I'll have to forget about the bike. The bike fatigues my quads too much to do the day before a long run. Hopefully this little cold will go away enough so that tomorrow I can do the 25. It will be a little warmer so the weather at least will be good. Then Friday I can do an easy 6 and hopefully Saturday I can manage some childcare so that I can get 10 miles in.
I know even without this long run I am prepared for ING but I've never run a marathon without having done a 24+ miler in training. I really think not doing one would shake my confidence too much.
So yeah, I am stressing here. I am worried that this cold is going to progress and I will be too sick to complete any of my planned workouts. Arggghhhh!!!!!!!! This is a key week and it is important to me to hit my workouts this week.
And I'll admit that it is probably more important for me mentally than physically.
Off for a swim . ..