Listening to your body…


Last Friday evening/ early Saturday morning, I started not feeling the best. Felt like I was coming down with something. A cold. Sinus infection. Bronchitis. Something.

Unfortunately, I am one of “those” who are “always” sick. Or so it seems. I used to get pneumonia as a kid and now, like clockwork, I get bronchitis at least twice a year, if not more and most often, at least one sinus infection. Last year, I ended up with Influenza. It took me down for what felt like forever, although it was really, “only” about two weeks. All I did was sleep. It was so not fun! And I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

Well, last Saturday afternoon I really felt like crap – tight in the chest and kind of achy all over. My nose was stuffy/runny and I had a slight cough. Yes, if you remember reading, I did participate in a race. And yes, I know I shouldn’t have. But, it ended up being the best 5K I’ve ever run. So, I guess it was worth it. Right? 🙂

Since then, however, I haven’t done a lick of anything – no running, no biking, no yoga, nothing. I have been fueling up on orange juice and lots of other liquids – I even had one hot brandy (that’s what my mom drinks when she’s feeling ill!). I’ve been dining on chicken noodle soup and other make-me-feel-better-but-maybe-not-as-healthy foods. And, I have been taking Alka Seltzer Plus every day. Both my husband and I use this stuff when we have colds and it seems to works like magic.

I have been trying to get as much sleep as possible. I’ve even taken naps, which I. Don’t. Do.

With that being said, as much as I have wanted to get out and run, I haven’t. I’ve wanted to. I even almost did today, but I listened to my body. Instead of lacing up my shoes, I took a two-hour nap. And, it felt GREAT. I do feel like I am starting to get better, but I know I am not 100 percent yet and I know if I would get out there and run, it could set me back and I don’t want that.

I am going to go to hot yoga tonight because I feel like that would help. I have no plans to run tomorrow, but I am going to run on Saturday. I have to.

Why? Because…

next half marathon


How the heck did that happen? Twenty-four days? That is less than a month. I was feeling prepared. Until this week. Until this stupid cold thing I’ve got going on. Stupid germs. Stupid cold. Stupid sickness.

I will run on Saturday and hopefully get back into the swing of things. I know I can do the half-marathon. I’ve done three before. The first one with minimal training. The second two with pretty good training. The training for this one has been going mediocre. I’ve done several longer runs – 10-11 miles. I know this coming Thursday, a week from today, I have a 12-miler to do. I guess we’ll see how that goes.

For now, I will keep listening to my body – fueling up on liquids and getting plenty of rest! My heart and head are telling me to get out and run, but I have to listen to my body. It’s not something we like to do, but sometimes, we have do what we have to do!

One thought on “Listening to your body…

  1. Get better soon! And be careful. I read in some running magazine about running with a cold and the possibility of it moving into your lungs or getting a worse infection. 🙂 I feel for you about being sick all the time. I can’t relate tho, I am one of the people who find it hard to even catch the common cold 😛


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