We’ve all heard the old adage, “If your cold is above the neck it’s okay to continue running and working out, but if it’s below the neck you should take some time off.” I decided to check in with WebMD and see if this bit of advice is still true today and found that indeed it is.
So why the sudden concern? I woke up yesterday feeling pretty rough and seriously considered going back to bed; however, I’d carefully planned my timing according to when friends were meeting me, so I decided to plow ahead and not let my friends down. In reality though, I was half hoping that I’d get to the parking lot after my friends had taken off and I could run at my own pace, taking walk breaks or even quitting if I felt like it.
Fortunately, that was not to be the case, and I quickly realized that in addition to my MRTT friends, some of my Cruiser friends were at the trail ready to run. It’s always great running with friends who you haven’t seen in a while, and catching up with these guys helped me take my mind off my afflictions.
We timed it so I’d be back at the parking lot after my first seven miles just as my good friends (and Cruisers) Shawn and Alan arrived for their three-mile run. By this time my sore throat and headache were raging and I debated on heading home.
Stubbornness won, and I headed back out on the trail telling myself it was only three more miles and I could nap once home. Shawn and Alan were kind enough to let me stop and rest for a few minutes at our turnaround and at least once on our way back because I was definitely struggling toward the end as compared to when I started.
Don’t let the smiles in the pictures fool you. Smiling helped me forget my headache, body ache, and a sore throat and get my run completed. I finished in a pool of sweat – possibly the worse ever for me. Once home and showered, I took a three hour nap.
Today I still feel crappy, but I’m happy to have gotten my run completed yesterday with a little help from my friends. I skipped my walk this morning and for the rest of the day, I’m resting and taking care of my body. I’m also hoping that this out-of-character August virus moves on quickly because I have big plans for later this week and they don’t include lying on the sofa moping.
Speaking of lying on the sofa taking it easy and not working out much today, here’s how my workouts went down earlier this week…
Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included:
- Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga For Beginners (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Intermediate Yoga (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning For Athletes (affiliate link)
- Teeter Hang Ups Inversion (affiliate link)
Cameras used for blog photography include:
- Do you usually run through illnesses?
- Do you use a Fitbit or other type of tracker? ~ My replacement came in the mail on Thursday! Also I was able to glue my old one back together and I will save it for the future when I need to run in heavy rain.
- Did you race this weekend?
Have a great week!
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