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761 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 6:12 AM by mkayc
Urbster Legend 760 posts since
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Jan 5, 2013 6:01 PM

Running with the Flu....

I got sick on New Years Eve and I finally can run again.  I am still sick but I did 5 miles today.   I kept saying to myself it was an easy wasnt... but I did it.   I had my runs all lined up..hills, tempo. long, easy, intervals.....Now just easy runs are a challenge.  Is anyone else running sick?   There must be someone else out there that cares to share their misery.   Anyone else running sick??

  • LeighDS Amateur 21 posts since
    Feb 11, 2012
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    1. Jan 7, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to Urbster)
    Running with the Flu....

    I guess colds and flus don't hit me too hard as I have only taken one legit sick day off work in the last 5-6 years. **knocks on wood**


    However right around end of January and all of February I tend to be my stuffy. This is my biggest issue when I try to run; breathing in enough air. Usually I try to take easy runs but I spend the first mile or so working on a breathing pattern!


    But yes many people I know feel "weighted" down during flu spells and it hinders them whether it be running, skiing, lifting, etc. Like you, those are the people that push it when hard times come while most would just roll over and sleep on it. Great job working through it! Just don't over do it!

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  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    2. Jan 7, 2013 6:12 AM (in response to LeighDS)
    Running with the Flu....

    If it's in your head, you can run. When it's in your chest, you should stop. This is what I've heard and it bears out. I've been in and out of being sick for months at a time because of allergies and been able to run through most of it except the last month's bout. You may want to expect less from your body and space your runs out more but you should be able to keep going, at least on some level, while on the mend unless you develop breathing problems in your chest. Then you are putting a burden on your heart that is unwise. Good luck!

    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

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