On Wednesday, I had a Watford Open Meeting in which I was competing in the 1500 metres. I was really looking forward to it as I could attain a good time there... Only to find out I was ill and my body was not co-operating with what I wanted it to do (which was to run fast!) and I received the ok time of 5:19, which would have still beaten my previous best from last season, but it wasn't the best I could have run and I was disappointed. I shouldn't have gone, I had a sore throat and runny nose beforehand but I really wanted to go, and the 2 hour drive back home was quite quiet as I slept through most of it! Consequently I had to stay off school the next day as I had contracted a temperature and had got into bed and asleep at 10:15pm (which is late for me, as an athlete, as I get more sleep).
However, these illnesses only last certain amounts of time, and being quite fit and healthy most of the time, I managed to get out to a hills session on Saturday morning in the scorching heat, having missed the session on Thursday due to my illness and a rest day on Friday. The heat played its part and I was slowly getting back into it. Yes, I was at the back, and yes, I didn't do as many as the older ones in my group did of the hills, but I could barely feel the aftermath of the cold I had had.
And then I did an easy run on Sunday with my Dad, again in the scorching heat, and I felt like I could have gone so much faster! Which is a good thing, which meant I was getting better - running-wise and health-wise.
However, Monday was amazing. I had the best training session I've had for a long time (4x400m, 4x300m, 4x200m) where I kept up with the older ones in my group and could not feel the cold/illness at all! I also felt really good even though I felt dead at the end because I'd done the same amount as the older ones but I was ready to push myself as I have the county championships on Sunday and I want to go for a medal in the 1500 metres, which is the event I am doing.
I hope you haven't got too many illnesses like me and I hope your running is going well!