Running Diagnostics

Guys, I have the flu. Like, 101.6°F fever, chills, dizzy, weak, no appetite (!), stuffy face/nose, I am almost dead FLU. I got it from my husband who got it somewhere between here and Florida last weekend.

Kindly remind me not to fly during flu season EVER AGAIN. Kthanks.

Kindly remind me not to fly during flu season EVER AGAIN. Kthanks.

The. Worst.

I should have known.

I came back from Florida and had exactly no motivation to run. Weird. Two days later, I went for a beautiful, sunny afternoon jaunt in my lovely Central Park and felt like complete crap.

That was it. I knew it then. I was on the downward slope to getting sick. Next day, BOOM. Hell.

I put on obnoxiously loud clothes to help get me going...it didn't so much work but I do enjoy a fluorescent color.

I put on obnoxiously loud clothes to help get me going…it didn’t so much work but I do enjoy a fluorescent color.

Running diagnosis everything. Am I sick? Crappy run = sick. Am I better? Good run = better! Is X a good friend? Only if they cheer you on in a marathon. Should I break up with X? Oh yes, a good run will even tell you THAT.

So, I haven’t run in a week. I have barely moved in several days. I missed the kickoff meeting for our Half Marathon Long Run team 😦 and even had to be the reason for yet another schedule change of my Ambassador photo shoot.

Stupid flu.

On that note, people ask all the time if they should work out while sick. I cancelled a spin class date last week because I wasn’t feeling quite right and am I EVER glad I did. I would have shared my flu with 40+ workout junkies and probably passed out in class.

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Seriously.

If you can’t go to work, get through your regular day’s activities, walk down the block, or get out of bed, PLEASE DON’T WORK OUT YOU CRAZY LUNATIC.

Also when you shouldn’t exercise if you:

  • Have anything happening in your chest (cough, phlegm, wheeze, etc.)
  • Have a fever…duh
  • Are contagious (48 hours after the onset of symptoms)
  • Haven’t eaten all day
  • Are home from work

Go ahead and do some light cardio (not HIIT, lifting, anaerobic, etc.) if you have a sniffle but energy, feel icky but have energy, maybe kinda have a cold but have energy for some light cardio.

You don’t “sweat out” a cold or a flu or anything else. You make it worse by depleting your body of fluids, energy, and electrolytes. If you are sick, stay home. Watch “Downton Abbey” and eat chicken noodle soup.

Be sick. And don’t go to spin class and get everyone else sick.

Now go out and run.

(I’m going to try not to pass out in class. Yay, flu.)

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5 thoughts on “Running Diagnostics

  1. Aww feel better!! Everyone in my office is sick and it scares me!! I just want to scream GO HOME PEOPLE!!! You are no use here being sick and trying to be a good employee you are just spreading your germs!!

  2. This is so helpful! You don’t know how often I’ve wondered or been asked by others whether or not they should be working out with xyz symptoms. I’m pinning this for future reference 🙂

    Also, I’d recommend Homeland for future sick watching. Anything that sucks you in and makes you forget that you feel like death warmed over (which is sort of like being a zombie, only they’re cold so it’s like the warm version of a zombie I guess?).

  3. Ugh, poor thing. My flu/ sinus infection/ ear infection/ bronchitis lasted me the last 4 weeks. After 10 days of antibiotics, I finally feel better. I hated not being able to work out, but the 2 times I tried during I practically fainted. Rest is 100% key to getting better! Sending you lots of get better vibes!!!

  4. “If you can’t go to work, get through your regular day’s activities, walk down the block, or get out of bed, PLEASE DON’T WORK OUT YOU CRAZY LUNATIC.”

    I completely agree with this! This past summer I felt a cold coming on, but wanted to run this 5K I had signed up for, so I ignored my body and did it anyway. Well, it was in the middle of a heat wave, so my body sure loved that. The next day at work I spiked a 102 fever and had a sinus infection that lasted a month. Never again.

    A night of rest is so much more useful for your body than any amount of weak miles you can muster under the weather.

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