A summer cold?! And how it’s affecting my running

July 10, 2015|Posted in: Health, Running

I’ve been suffering through a cold for over a week now (yes, over a week!). I am ready for it to go and I can tell I’m almost fully recovered but I’m still only about 85% of my normal healthy self. I’ve been armed with Advil Cold & Sinus, Mucinex, tissues, and cough drops. Yuck. What a crappy thing to get in the summer right?

Because of this unwelcome sickness, I have had to change up my workout and running routine. I am still running but just taking it easy and not going as hard as I normally like to.

A lot of people wonder whether or not they should work out if they are sick. I actually think working out has a lot of benefits when you are under the weather but that all depends on what illness you have and how you feel. I don’t think anyone can really tell you whether you should go for a run or not. You have to figure that one out on your own and go with your gut on it. (Although, I’m going to assume we are all in agreement that if you’re sick with the stomach flu, definitely don’t work out.)

As for me, I will tell you what I do when I get sick. First off I hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I try to guzzle water as much as possible so things can get flushed out of me. You also need it so the mucus can get out. I know, gross! But it’s true.

I also try to get more sleep and admittedly, this is the hardest thing for me because life just somehow always gets in the way of the extra sleep I want. I was super busy last week so I didn’t get to squeeze in any extra sleep but I’ve been good about it this week which I think is what is really helping my recovery finally.

I still work out. I still run. I just don’t run as hard or as long. I take a few extra rest days. And most importantly, I change my expectations. I know that my runs or workouts probably aren’t going to be as great. I slow my pace and run 3 miles instead of 5 for instance. Or I do a workout with weights that aren’t as heavy. And I listen to my body. If I’m getting way too fatigued I stop.

During the 8 days or so of this cold (and still going unfortunately), I have run 3 miles a couple times and done a workout video for my arms. I actually felt a lot better after each one and don’t regret doing it.

When you’re sick, you don’t have to give up working out. In fact, I don’t think you should. Just take extra precautions and let your body get to recovery so you can start resuming your normal intensity of exercise.

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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