... That is the question
Small bit of background and a quick preface that I am not looking for medical advice as that would be a no no charter wise !
I'm relatively new to running - started in January with the goal of running a 5 mile race in June. A couple of weeks ago having reached the goal of being able to run 5 miles at a time (all be it slower than the target time for June) I pushed the boat out a bit and entered this Sundays 10k Samsung night run.
10 days ago I ran 10km non stop for the first time ever in 64 minutes (the day after entering - had wanted to make sure that I could cover the distance in the allotted time) Happy days ! but then the wheels came off as such.
Couple of days later I had a mini blackout in the gym. Medical advice was to stop running for a few days (suspected viral infection) which I did. Bloodwork came back all clear etc so docs are happy that viral infection was the cause and for me to resume training. So no mediacl advice is sought here.
My issue though is that perhaps as a result of not training for a week / or an after effect of the infection still not being 100% cleared up my runs this week were very poor compared to before my little episode. On tuesday I went for a short 5k run outdoors to get back into the swing of things gently but ended up walking from kilometre 3 to 4 as I was knackered. Gave it a couple of days and hit the gym today - covered 6.5k in 42 minutes but again had to stop a few times along the way to walk.
So my dlimena now is this - I have a 10k race on Sunday night which best advice in general is to prepare very gently and take a day or 2 off before hand for best performance and distance endurance. (For me as a beginner a 10k race is like a marathon in terms of distance and pushing previous boundries) However I am so far off the pace / level I was at 2 weeks ago that part of me is thinking I need more running practice for want of a better word to try get back to that level or even close to it for Sunday.
So what would you do in this situation ? Would you consider it more beneficial to rest now until Sunday and save energy or would you slot in another run or 2 before then confident that it wouldn't effect performance on Sunday (again bearing in mind that a 10k distance for me is quite a big deal at this point!)