Running While Sick

Who catches a cold during the summer? Believe it or not, many people do. This year, I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to fall into that cold-catching category. After a week of dealing with a massive sore throat, congestion, a temperature and the chills, the last thing I wanted to do was to go run. After signing up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon a few days ago, however, I realized that my sneakers had not hit the pavement since. Not running was definitely not a good start to utilizing the 200+ days of training, of which I need every single day. The problem is, however, how does one, or should one run when they’re sick?

I must admit I wrestled with my body and emotions for a good two hours this morning. Should I go? Should I crawl back under the covers? If I did go, just what would I be able to do? Needless to say, I spent a good hour looking for the shorts that I already knew were hanging on the back of the door. Dressed…done… Track, treadmill or street? Did it really matter? Probably not, so I headed to the track. Despite feeling like my being there was the beginning of a very bad idea, I set my timer for 30 minutes instead of a particular distance. It wasn’t too bad and before I knew it, five whole minutes had passed. It wasn’t a full out, full on run, it was more like a ¼ speed, semi-pretend jog/stroll. I know that most people would have said that I might as well have stayed home, I was actually quite proud of the 30 minutes of movement I was able to accomplish.

Agreeing with the experts (otherwise known as what I learned):

Know your limits – It’s so tempting to want to get out there like it’s just a normal day, it’s not. Trying to do too much when you’re not up to par can lead to disastrous results. Concentrate on getting better; it will make the run just that much more enjoyable.

Stay hydrated – Dehydration when you’re sick is HUGE! It could be the difference between you missing a day or missing a month.

Take the day off – One day probably won’t make or break your training plan. If you just can’t take the day off, at least make it an easy day.

If you’re older, like me, remember we don’t quite bounce back the way we used to and that’s OK. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time. We may not get to the finish line first, but we get there!

Ready, Set, Run – Disney Princess Half Marathon

I remember five short months ago as I was nearing the ten mile marker in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I remember the mixed emotions that kept running through my mind. They ranged from “what the heck am I doing?” to “I can’t believe my legs hurt this much” to “I’m GOING to finish” to “well I’ve finished a bucket list item…never again will I ever, ever do something this crazy.”

Fast forward to almost five months later; today I was one of thousands of frantic runners trying to desperately log into the overwhelmed Disney (via Active.com) website furiously trying to register for the 2015 races. Last year, I don’t remember when I registered, but I don’t recall joining the first day fray. I’m glad I did this year because by the time I got home from work, the Disney Princess Half Marathon, the Glass Slipper Challenge and the 10K were all sold out! Registration was tough. It did take almost 45 minutes for me to successfully get through every screen after being booted out numerous times. I’m sure for RunDisney, it has nowhere to go but uphill from here (we hope).

The bottom line is that $170 is paid for the Half Marathon and to add on the fun… I also signed up for the 5K. So today is the day, the clock has started…218 days from today I’ll be at the starting line again. This time, I know what to expect. I know hydration, hydration, hydration. I know to actually do some long runs this time. I know that I need to run a 10K to add a time so that I’m hopefully not in the last corral dancing with the balloon ladies. I know what I need to do and I have 218 days to do it. Ready, set….