It's winter. I run outside. I sweat a lot. I don't always get a chance to change clothes immediately after a run as I rush to pick up Petru from school, or do an errand. I work in a hospital. I hang out with kids a lot. I train hard. So, every winter I embrace the fact that I am going to be sick. However, I try to be proactive as the first signs of a cold, and most of the time I manage to kick it out of my system quickly, or at least be able to run through it.
My run Monday was harder than it should have been. I chucked it up to a "bad day", and did not think much of it. On Tuesday I felt chills and fatigue and cut my run down from 12 miles to 8. Breathing was hard. HR was high for the pace. Wednesday I ran another 8 easy, while listening to the screeching sound I made any time I tried to inhale deeply. I had a threshold run planned for today, and was concerned, so I pulled out all the nonscientific remedies:
Kambucha - love the taste, and the fact that noone in my household can stand that stuff. All for ME!
Blueberries - ate one pint/day!
Fruits and veggies: ate a huge serving of stir fry heavy on the spinach and broccoli for lunch.
Chicken soup for dinner.
Bundled up during my Wednesday run, to make myself sweat more than usual.
Took hot baths with epsom salt.
Took a nap after work yesterday.
I woke up this morning feeling much better. Sure, I still had a cough and my nose was running like a water faucet. But the screeching sound was gone. I was able to inhale deeply (which is something I need to be able to do when I run hard) and I had a great threshold run to boot!
Oh, and the knee is doing very well, in case you are wondering!
I am curious what do you do when you are sick? Take a rest day from running, ignore the symptoms, adjust your runs? Any scientific or nonscientific "tricks" to get yourself feeling better?
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