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!