I was going to call this post washout week but decided to be more positive. Having had a bad chest all week I haven’t been running. Last night though I slept through without a coughing fit and woke up at 10:30! An amazingly long lie in of the kind I haven’t had since BC (before child ). So that was beneficial.
At my weigh in I have gained 2lb which is sad but not the end of the world. I haven’t been calorie counting this week, haven’t cooked much and we did have a huge ready made curry the other night so I can’t claim to be shocked or that its unfair.
I’m worried that I will be losing fitness but then I think maybe its time for a fresh start anyway, take a few steps back and consider it a run -up to better performance and fitness. So what do I need to think about?
This is my third chest infection in 6 months. Normally I’m either really well ( or I never noticed before because I wasn’t physically active). We know that glycogen depletion can make you prone to infections so I need to pay more attention to carbs pre and post exercise. I’m bad at the post exercise bit. Also maybe making sure I have some protein on the evening to enhance muscle building (see later). Finally maybe I should consider taking a vitamin supplement. I eat loads of fruit and veg etc so my head says that I don’t need it but I might just give it a try.
I have mentioned body fat in a previous post. Mine was over 38pc when I started running and is down to 35 now. Although I think that makes me obese (normal being 25to32) I don’t think that I look obese, I am 5 ft 2 and wear a uk size 12 very comfortably. However I can’t help but think that if I had more muscle and less fat I would have a higher metabolism, keep me warm In winter , produce more energy for running and make me faster , make me stronger and improve my running endurance etc.
Got to start doing some interval training if I want to go faster.
I have a gym membership so I think that it’s time to start using it and I should aim to do weights once per week and maybe do a treadmill/interval session once per week. Maybe I will enlist the help of one of the trainers.
Anyway that’s a plan but for now its definitely going in the tomorrow box. A short walk around the shops has left me exhausted so I am planning an afternoon nap. I think better to wait another week if necessary and start with enthusiasm than try to do it when I am already shattered.
I hope this finds everyone else injury and infection free!