It may come as a bit of a surprise to find out I’ve been under the weather and under a lot of stress for the past few weeks <– note the sarcasm font.
As a result of the sick and the stress, running has taken a bit of a back seat to getting myself better. The last time I ran was 10k eight days ago.
While I do have a race lined up, I think it’s really important to heal before jumping into running, since exercise causes stress on the body. When I was first sick two weeks ago, I took a few days off before running as it was just a mild icky feeling and I wanted to be 100% before running.
With this one, I’ve missed a week of runs and may or may not run tonight. I know the rule is if it’s in your chest, let it rest but when there’s a fever involved, that all goes out the window.
Since I walk to and from work, I use that to judge how well I’m feeling and whether or not I can physically handle going for a run. If I’m tired and winded by the time I walk in my door (my walk is about 15 minutes) then there’s no way I’m going for a run; if I feel fine then I’ll give it a go.
It seems to be a thing lately in the running blog world to talk about doing your own thing, and that’s what I want to encourage you to do.
Yes I’m a bit worried that I’m losing fitness and I might be letting Ann down by not training, but I’d rather take a week off from running and get well than push myself when sick and just end up sicker. Sicker sucks. Especially three weeks from Christmas.
Tell me: What are you rules for running when under the weather?
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