Hello and happy day to you!
Remember that time (last week) when I told you about the slowest long run in the history of the world?
It turns out… I was sick and didn’t realize it.
I know, weird right?
First off, I never get sick.
And secondly, it’s freaking August.
What weirdo gets a cold in August?
[pointing at myself]
I realize that part of being a runner, means that you are completely insane.
Yes, I said it, we are all insane.
(Don’t look at me like that… you know I am right.)
Anyway, I struggled HARD with not working out.
I didn’t want to mess things up by taking another break because of a bogus cold.
But I am a huge baby when I get sick.
To make myself feel better about running, I did a little research on the subject.
Here is what Runner’s World had to say about running while sick:
“Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.
So I ran.
Did it feel good?
Did I enjoy myself?
But I did it anyway.
Fortunately, I am feeling much better now, but I must stress the importance of listening to you body and running slow.
Force yourself to take it easy, even if you are running with a cold (like I was).
Remember that the body is working overtime to try to kill a virus- so be careful.
But, if you can… run through it.
When you look at your running log at the end of the week, you will be glad you toughed it out.
I sure am glad I did.
Do you workout when you are sick?
When is your next race?
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