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    Should I run when I’m sick?

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    My posting has been a little less-than-consistent lately, I must confess.  In addition to the hectic schedule of the silly-season, I have finally found myself sick.  Up until now, I have managed to valiantly fight off virus after virus while family, friends and coworkers dropped like flies around me.tissue box

    While I am in confession-mode, I will also tell you that this is my fourth consecutive day of not running (unless you count my nose).  I could be running – I’ve done the neck-check, and since all of my symptoms are above the neck, I’m sure that it would be okay.

    Above-the-neck symptoms include things like sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion and headaches.  On the other hand, it is important to remember that if you have symptoms below the neck, like body aches, a chest cough, gastrointestinal symptoms or fever, you should really rest.

    So what’s my excuse, then?  Well quite frankly, I am just being a weenie.  I feel lousy, I am tired, I can’t breathe properly, and I just don’t feel like it.  I am not in the middle of training at the moment, so I decided to listen to my body and take a bit of time off.  While some research supports that moderate exercise can boost your immune system, there isn’t much to support that exercise will help you recover more quickly.

    I look at it this way:  by the time I am over this, I should be pretty anxious to get back at it!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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    1. You are entitled to some time off now and then 🙂 enjoy it! Snuggle up with some lotion plus kleenex and a nice soft blankie, watch some sappy movies, read some good books, hydrate and nap! Feel better soon 🙂

    2. I agree with JustJayde. Give in to infomercials, get a Snuggie, drink tea, and let the dog keep your feet warm on the couch. It’s good for the soul.

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