I’m following the marathon level 2 plan. My race is two weeks from tomorrow, but I’m currently down and out with a brutal head cold (so far, it’s not COVID). It’s causing me to miss some big workouts — yesterday I missed R5k2 (5k race intervals), today it’s a foundation run, and tomorrow I am supposed to do my last big run before the race RMP6 (31km with 26 @ marathon pace). Right now, I can’t imagine getting that work out in tomorrow (but maybe I’ll come around?).
All of this is less than ideal so close to the race. I haven’t missed one workout yet on the plan until now.
Any suggestions on how to handle this – especially since the plan is hitting the taper phase.
I’m hopeful I might be able to do some running tomorrow – but I’m not sure I can handle that big run (and I don’t want to wear down my system anymore).
If I can’t get out tomorrow, I’m really hopeful that I can pick up the plan on Monday – but I will likely have missed those big workouts.
Sorry you’re not feeling well. There’s no need to panic, however. Your consistency up to this point has given you a margin to absorb this setback without major consequences for your race. I recommend that you ease back into training in a cautious manner that doesn’t create undue risk of drawing out your illness, aiming to get that marathon-pace run in next weekend. That will restore your confidence. Good luck!