I woke up last Wednesday not feeling the best.

Sore throat, headache, lack of energy.

My first thoughts were “would I be able to run on Saturday evening?”.

“The Streets of Galway 8km” race was on. My favourite race of the year.

I decided to rest up and hoped it would pass.

Plenty of hot drinks, menthol sweets and rest.

Thursday morning I was feeling worse.

Time for some disprin and vicks vaporub.

Friday morning I could breath properly but was still feeling run down.

Lets not get carried away. See how I feel on Saturday.

Looking at the pictures on social media of everyone collecting their race number was getting to me.

Saturday morning I was feeling a bit better but still lacking in energy. Time to be realistic I could barely walk one mile never mind five.

This time last year I was wiped out in the same way for about three weeks. I missed at least three races I had entered and I didn’t want to see the same thing happen again.

I’ve spent the last couple of days looking at running and cycling events that I want to take part in.

Next year is going to be a big year for me as it is ten years since I took up running with the goal being the marathon distance.

I will be running the Galway Bay half marathon on October 7th with Team Manuela. There are less than 100 places left for the 10km race. www.manuelariedo.com to register for this great event.

There is a lot of talk on social media over the last couple of days about the wild atlantic way cycle  www.wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie for full details. I’m looking at cycling one or two days of it this year.

Loughrea 10km is also coming up. I’ve never completed this course. It was an 8km race back when I ran it and has been increased to 10km over the past number of years.

Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge is open for entry on Sept 1st.  Sean Kelly and Malcolm Elliott will also be in attendance on March 24th next year.

I’m going to see if I’m capable of a few miles this evening as I’m hoping to run my 25th half marathon on August 16th in Tullamore.

Best of luck to everyone taking part in the Salthill Triathlon this Sunday.