On Friday, other than the coughing and tightness in my chest, I actually felt half human! I was ready to run!
Saturday morning I laid in bed, filled with dread and nerves. What if the missed runs wreaked havoc on all my efforts???? Finally, I bite the bullet and got out there.
I didn't set any speed records...but I really wasn't that far off my normal pace. (Seconds really). I ran. Other than a twinge in my arthritic knee, my legs felt fabulous!!! Breathing was ok....chest was extra tight from the first half mile mark onward. But I have an incredible run. It was so incredible that I actually contemplated pushing onward. Maybe I could knock out my 4 miler. Heck, maybe I could just roll with it and eliminate that 6 mile run. That would leave me with just a light run later in the weekend. I was on top of the world!
Seriously, this run was awesome! I usually stop and walk for a few seconds at about the mile mark and every half mile to full mile thereafter. No stopping yesterday....at all!!!!
Sanity prevailed and I reminded myself that I am after all recovering from pneumonia and that I should stick to my somewhat conservative return plan.
I arrived back at my house (2.5 miles completed). and stopped running and immediately felt light headed, wobbly and 'woah, I need to sit down...right now!' I sat on my front porch for a few minutes and then felt better!
Physically I felt better.....however the rest of the day I was so wiped out that I could barely function!! Do I blame it on the 2.5 miles of running? Or did I just have a wee little relapse in the exhaustion of recovery? I'm not sure. What I am sure of? I have re-tooled the weekend running plans. Sunday is now a rest day and Monday I will attempt whatever I can do. Aiming for at least 4. (Secretly I would like between 5 and 6.....the magical originally scheduled amount for my weekend)
And my sick weigh in...the low number I posted on Wednesday....it's climbing. I kinda figured it would. First, I was sick.....and probably dehydrated and all sorts of weight skewing things. I have done minimal exercise. And I'm still on an oral steroid....which I know can affect weight. I am still tracking and moving forward though!!!