I’ve been told many times that when I run with friends people can hear me coming way before they actually see me. They hear women laughing, chatting and having a wonderful time before they see us going by in running steps.
At parkrun (APPARENTLY) when Janette and I run together we are ALWAYS talking and can be heard all around the course…me thinks an exaggeration!
BUT this post is brought to you in sign language. Well, not really, but if we were sitting down and having a coffee and a chat I would be using mostly non-verbal communication.
I have laryngitis. Giggles! That illness that I would pretend to have to try and get a day off school as a child…
Monday I soldiered on to work and even managed to take a very enthusiastic Story Time reading several picture books to the delightful 0 to 4’s and their parents who attend. I had to ask the mums and the one dad to help me sing and make the animal noises though. I’m a librarian who coordinates an adult literacy program but I also look after Story Time for the little ones – it’s a highlight of my working week.
Story Time was interesting with the then undiagnosed laryngitis. But it was still fun.
Monday evening I took the night off from running choosing a walk instead, sometimes less is more with running, better to be careful with this head cold than to overdo it and make it worse. It was the right call! I woke on Tuesday morning after a night of what felt like non-stop coughing and made a decision I’ve never made before. After soldiering on for over a week with this head cold I decided to take the rest of this week off and try and get myself better. I went into the office early and spent an hour cancelling appointments and making contingency plans for my students. One of the challenges of working on my own in a regional setting is that I can’t call up an admin staff member and ask them to do my chores – I have to do them myself regardless of if I am sick or not.
I tried to get into the doctor yesterday but even calling at 9am was too late, they were fully booked. I went today and saw a lovely new doctor. Why lovely? After the (giggles) diagnosis of laryngitis (giggles – the doctor must’ve thought me mad because I couldn’t help but laugh albeit in a very scratching hoarse sort of way)…after the diagnosis I asked him if I could still run. He stopped and kind of didn’t know what to say. I filled him in with the details that I have a half marathon in just over three weeks and I have some long runs to do. He still looked a bit blank but basically said that I could run but to be careful and to listen to how I’m feeling. SWEET! However I am listening to my body and am happily taking an extra rest day today (the weights have been in use along with a wonderful hour of stretching and foam rolling, so still a good day of training).
Did I mention we are currently having the most magic winter weather? After all the storms of the last couple of weeks we now have lovely bright winter sunshine. Pauly even got a touch of sun burn yesterday! The jonquils are popping out, a few early calves are in the calf shed and everything is looking ready to burst into spring.
The really good thing about where I am with running is that despite having to take a few extra rest days I’m not phased about my fitness. I know I can take a few days off and still be ready for that half marathon. I know that my body won’t let me down. Yes it would be nice to run the next half in a sub-2:00:00…. but honestly I’ve been rethinking all this… I’m still amazed that I have transformed myself form non-runner to running devotee… striving to get a particular time just isn’t part of my running world… if I happen to do a slower than expected time I will still throw my arms up in the air and celebrate that finish line as if I’d done a PB. Having a head cold and a little laryngitis has been the blessing to help me rethink, take stock and get my goals back in line. I love running and I love winning. Yes, I LOVE winning! Winning is making it to the end and being happy!
This post is brought to you in sign language and a bit of squeaky conversation. Friday is a long run day with Louise… however will she cope without the Unsporty Woman rambling on about this that and the next thing? Gosh, I might have to change my focus from friendship, chatting and company to actually just running! Could I do this? ummm….don’t think so! Are you ready for some running sign language Louise?
Happy running 🙂