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.
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!