Thursday, September 01, 2005

The dreaded Garmin lurgy?

lurgy [noun]
lurgies [pl.]

1. Originally a highly infectious non-specific disease.
Example: Caught the dreaded lurgy

2. Now any illness that is not very serious.
Example: There's a 'flu lurgy going about

3. A mysterious non-specific blah feeling experienced by purchasers of Garmin GPS watches.
Example: I've contracted the Garmin lurgy

Etymology: 1950s: although it is generally believed that this was first coined in the radio show, The Goons, there is slight etymological evidence that dialectal variations of it already existed, eg fever-lurgy; a euphemism for 'laziness'.

In short, I am incredibly tired and headachey and have been since yesterday :( I was planning on running a 3km time trial this afternoon but have put that on hold. Not going to the gym either.

Wednesday morning run
Plan: program said 1 hour easy run
Actual time: 29.20min
Distance: 4.7km
Av pace: 6.15min/km
Calories: 265
AHR: 140; MHR: 166
Weather: blowing a gale and raining

As can be seen from the above, planned and actual run session didn't quite match. I felt incredibly tired when I woke up, dragged myself out of bed, tried to ignore the howling gale outside, and plodded down the road trying to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I mentally tried to think of running routes that did not include hills because I did not think I would have the energy to run up a slight incline, let alone anything steeper than that. Then it started raining. Nope, I was not enjoying the run so decided to call it a day and head home. Too windy, too wet, too tired.

The photo from Vetrunner, if anyone is remotely interested - not the most flattering of shots but what the heck!


Jen_runs said...

I normally love reading your blog CJ but not today !!! So sorry to hear that you are feeling unwell at the moment. Look after yourself over the next few days (my fingers are crossed for you for a quick recovery) and I'm sure you'll be back to your best for Sunday-week.


go girl said...

Nooooooooooooo! Not you too. The Garmin lurgy curse strikes again. At least you can look at your picture and remember that you can run when your not struck down by the lurgy! Get well soon.

allrounder said...

stop talking about a lurgy!!

strewth said...

Hey cj - stop running in that cold windy weather - have friday off & enjoy our coffee Sat. U need a little break - do u want me to look after your Garmin?? Seriously, get well soon!

strewth said...

oh and by the way - the photo's cute - the pink top looks great.

Robert Song said...

I can only repeat the advice you gave to me when I was down.
Take care and get over it first before doing anything running-wise. As it is getting close to your marathon, all the hard work has been done. Whatever you do don't get as sick as I was.

Luckylegs said...

It's a terrific photo, CJ - how fast can you run downhill!!! Sure hope the 'lurgy' leaves you & that you're feeling fine for the big race. Take it easy in the week ahead.

Susan said...

What are you talking about - that's a great photo CJ. I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself and listen to your body.

vat_man said...

Ah, the dreaded lurgy. Take it very easy...

Just on the grass comment you left on my blog - I know exactly what you mean, but it is totally worth it. It's a similar principle to doing your crunches on a swiss ball versus doing them on the flat - you're actually recruiting a wider range of muscle fibres to do the work than you would do if you were running on the road.

The beauty of this for road running is that as your muscles become fatigued, you're actually able to recruit those extra fibres you've been training in grass running. So, you're stronger!

That, and the impact benefits - well worth it.

Leizel said...

Hope you are feeling better soon - look after yourself.

A Girl Running said...

Sorry you feel unwell - hate the lurgy's!

But OMG You do look fantastic in that photo!

miners said...

ooops - hope I haven't infected us all. You take it easy OK?

TA and the Gnome said...

Be careful - we are all wanting to meet you at Sydney. Wish I had a Garmin to explain my lurgy :-(


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