During this low, depressing, not very fun time in my life, I’m trying to keep a level head about things. Perhaps the fact that my left leg and hip are still bothering me wouldn’t be so terrible if I didn’t have a cough that’s so bad I think I’m going to hurl. But the combination of my cough, severe sneezing, runny nose, AND hip and leg pain is really bringing me down. And top that off with the fact that today is a beautiful day and Mario got in an awesome 8 miler this morning. Runner jealousy. Grrr….
As I sit here and watch my fitness slowly go out the window, I decided to look up just how fast I was losing the fitness that I worked so hard for. I realize that I’ve been running for a long time and I’m a pretty well trained athlete. Assuming my leg and hip miraculously get better and I’m able to run on Saturday, I’ll still probably be able to pull off a decent time for the race. But how far away from that 1:30 time goal am I going to be?
Recent studies show that there is little reduction in VO2max for the first 10 days following inactivity in well-trained athletes. It is prudent here to mention that all of these guidelines assume you are a decently trained runner, having trained consistently for a 4-6 month period. Beginner runners will lose fitness at a slightly faster rate since they have a smaller base of fitness.
After two weeks of not running, studies show that VO2 max decreases by 6%. After 9 weeksVO2 max drops by 19% (sorry, I couldn’t find any data on 3-8 weeks post inactivity). After 11 weeks of no running, Studies demonstrate that VO2 max falls by 25.7% from peak physical fitness.
Ok, so the last day I got in a run was Wednesday. I did manage some time at the gym today but the cough syrup made me feel really lethargic. However, tomorrow I will be there again ready to go with a little Ray Lewis motivation. Perhaps my fitness won’t be that far gone. I’m just hoping the left side of my body can hold up for Saturday.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: This morning I woke up with one of the worst coughs I’ve had in a long time. My abs are sore from all the coughing. I got in a little time at the gym but couldn’t do too much. Just trying to stay positive 🙂