Categories: Running While Sick
If I could make it just one more week, it would be an entire year since I was last under the weather. If I recall, and I certainly do, that one was a doozy upper respiratory infection that left me wheezing and gasping for weeks.
Now it’s everyone around me. Not an hour goes by without hearing about the king of all flu strains that’s taken the country by storm. First the Caveman was sniffling. Then Thing 1. Now Thing 2′s complaining of a sore throat and something with her ear.
Thru it all I’ve stood fast. Heavied up on the fruit and veggies, fish oil, Vitamin C and Quercetin. Slept like a champ and even attempted some guided meditation in hopes of staying as stress free as possible as those around me dropped like flies.
But last Thursday I didn’t feel the greatest. My run suuuucked. 6 tempo miles turned into a 3-mile plod/walk. We all know what’s going on here. So since then I traded running for yoga, light weights, corework and a spin class or three.
According to Men’s Health, here’s when to push through and when to rest:
Symptoms above the neck. Sneezing, sniffling, scratchy throat:
Go ahead and workout. This is most likely the common cold and it may even do you good to get in some activity. But don’t go overboard: Vigorous activity like running and high intensity intervals can actually suppress your immune system.
Symptoms below the neck. Hacking cough, chest congestion, muscle aches, chills, upset stomach:
Take some time off. You’ll recover faster if you rest rather than work through it.
For the record, I’m not sneezing or sniffling. While I still don’t have full blown congestion or bodyaches, over the past day or so my voice has taken on the husky rasp of a smoker. I’ll sit here and refuse/deny I am sick at all. Sigh. But I’ll lay off the running (begrudgingly) for now.
Do you take time off from working out when you’re sick? Do you ever get sick? Are you a king/queen of denial like me?