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.)

Running Schizo

Good morning, everyone! Wow. You’d think that with all the “time off” I’ve had in the past three weeks that I’d have posted more often.

Yeah, hence the quotations.

Yes, three weeks is a nice, long time. However, three weeks with two major holidays during two of the three weeks and a weekend trip to Florida kills the “three weeks” notion dead.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Wah. Wah. Wah. I know.

It HAS been nice to run in the middle of the {freezing cold} day.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Necessary items these past few weeks: What The Fluff (reversible) vest, Sugoi long brushed running tights, Run Swiftly Long Sleeve, In Stride jacket, Saucony cold weather running mittens, and Run Brisk headband.

Average temperature on my runs of late: 27 degrees (feels like 17). I. Am. Freezing. when I start and just fine by the end. Even had to strip my gloves a few times.

Then, off to FL where I almost died from the humidity.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She's, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She’s, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Necessary items: Run: Turnaround shorts, Scoop Me tank top (which I now see is a size too big…), iTunes for motivation, and Oakley Urgency shades. My hair didn’t like it so much either (see: all family pictures taken after we got off the plane).

Dead.

Dead.

Yet another reason why I will never move to Florida: You can’t run there without dying. I don’t know how you FL runners do it.

It’s tough for bodies to go from running in freezing cold to extreme heat & humidity. A couple of precautions:

  1. Warm up. Let your body adjust accordingly before you get into your workout.
  2. Hydrate. Both cold & heat dehydrate you in their own special way.
  3. Dress accordingly. Longer post on winter dressing to come but it’s important to layer up or strip down, depending on where you are. Example: no black crops in the sun.

You snow birds must be experts at this. Btw, back in NYC and it’s 50°. Yahooo!

Have you ever gone from one climate to the other and run successfully? What are your tricks? Did you travel this holiday season? Are you as bummed out about school starting as I am? Tell me all about it.

Now go out and run.