Running with coughs and colds

This week my training’s been interrupted by an ear infection. I planned to run 2 x 6 miles during the week and an 11 miler on Sunday.

I ignored my grogginess, grabbed a nice head band to look after the ears and went out running twice! 2 x 5 miles. On both occasions I’ve had to deal with the old runners’ conscience battle, ‘Am I too ill to run or just avoiding the cold and rain outside?’

I think a lot of runners beat themselves up about being lazy when they decide to take a break for illness. This comes from the pressures of a heavy training schedule and a daunting challenge ahead. This force can often make people run when they really should rest.

So my question is; How do you know when you’re being lazy vs. actually too ill to run?

When people ask me about illness, I always advise not to run if someone’s feeling under the weather, “rest up and let your body recover till you’re feeling better” I’d say. But is that an easy route out of a training run?! The thing is I never listen to my own advice and I’m starting to wonder whether it’s is the best thing to advise. Almost every time I’ve been out when I’ve felt under the weather, a run has made me feel much better mentally and physically. I feel stronger in fact.

I’d still say, you know your body best so use how you’re feeling as a true indicator of whether you should exercise or not. My advice: Get out there and run, you’ll soon know whether you’re too poorly to keep running!

Training challenges

This week’s been really hard for training. What with the snow, various Christmas drinks, a very busy week of work and a flare up in my colitis, I’ve found it really hard to find the time and energy to get out and run. I’ve managed 2 early morning runs which have been absolutely freezing! Ben and I have a long run planned tomorrow which will be a good run in the bank.

Whenever I have a flare up my energy is completely zapped and I feel really sick. Sometimes running can make this better, sometimes it can make it a lot worse. At these times I struggle to find the motivation to run and that’s when I think of others who have much bigger challenges every day of their lives but still get up and get on with what they have to do. These are the people I run and fundraise for and that’s why every bit of fundraising we do and sponsorship that we get helps to get me up off the sofa and out there running.

I’m taking the right medication and eating the right foods so hopefully my flare up will go away and I can get back to training properly! I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading x