June was a Recovery Month for me after completing the Ottawa Marathon on May 28. The plan was to allow my body to recover by doing short easy runs for 26 days. My Run Streak is still a thing, so Not Running was never an option.
It was easy to stick to the Recovery Plan for the first week. . After all, I had just struggled through the marathon, followed immediately by a couple of days of illness. ( food poisoning, heat stroke… I don’t know?) After a week I was feeling good and was tempted to start running longer and faster, but the forces of the universe stepped in to make sure that I stayed disciplined and stuck to my Recovery Plan.
It started with an unexplained itch and then a painful rash on my back. Doctor confirmed my suspicion that I had Shingles. The medication cleared it up quickly but I was fatigued for a couple of weeks. The pain went away but I was left with an extreme sensitivity to Cold. I couldn’t tolerate any air movement on my arm or shoulder, even on a hot day. When you run, even slowly.. you create air movement. Fortunately that only lasted 4 or 5 days.
Ten days after beginning treatment for Shingles I was well on my way to Recovery and was feeling only mild discomfort so again I thought about increasing my Speed and / or Distance. Once again karma had other plans. I suffered a little injury by accidentally hyper flexing my big toe. Okay, it wasn’t very minor and it hurt like a sumbitch. Yes, I ran on it because that is what Run Streakers do but for several days I only did the minimum daily requirement. ( in my case that means 2k)
The toe eventually started to feel better but then the recurring corn on the same foot decided to rear it’s ugly head. Despite aggressive treatment it never completely goes away. Once in awhile it flares up for a few days and it quite painful. And hey, that is just the way my month has been going. July has to be better, right?
It is no surprise to realize that June was the lowest mileage month for a long time. Total distance was 70 miles. (113km) This breaks my 8 month 100-mile streak but I am ok with that. On a positive note I did run my fastest mile ever in June, finally breaking the 9:00 minute mile. Previous best was 9:02, current best is 8:59. Hey, I didn’t say it was a big victory.
Rest time is over. I have this little 50k trail race coming up in exactly 83 days. I think I am ready mentally and physically to embrace this challenge. Ready or not, here I come.