I’ve been a bit under the weather this week and am wondering what my fellow runners do when sickness hits during training mode. I suppose this depends on the level of sickness. I have the typical head cold (which I’m blaming on that flight from Maine last week) and the past two days at work seriously felt like I was in a major fog. But somehow I still tell myself, “you are not dying so you can still run.” Not sure if that is the best idea or not but the fresh air from running was really when I have felt best this week.
On Tuesday I played soccer after work and yesterday evening I did a light jog/walk with two friends who are gearing up for their very first 5K (I’m very proud that they are trying something new that is outside their comfort level). Soccer may have been a stretch but the good thing was that we had enough girls to substitute in and out of the double-header that we played. I got in some decent sprints which will help make up for the lack of miles I put in this week. The light jog/walk with my friends was enough to keep my legs moving without overdoing my lung power. And it was a beautiful evening. The photo of the Potomac River does not do the evening justice.
Needless to say I decided that taking a sick day today would be a good idea to make sure I fully recover, can complete a good 10+ mile run on Saturday and have a fun time in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K on Sunday.
A little rest does the body good when one is feeling under the weather. But don’t underestimate the power that a burst of fresh air can have on the sick body. It always does me a world of good.