This is NOT a bragging post.
Garmin data reveals I have a hard time keeping under 140 average heart rate (my target for easy runs), especially with a cold.
Somehow the body knows, and any little jog seems to send my heart rate UP.
I try really hard to behave.
Either there is something wrong with my HRM, or I have absolutely no discipline!
( And WHOA.. let's not discuss the cadence data ;) )
In the past I have been in the middle of marathon training and was not going to let ANYTHING stop me from following my schedule (except an injury that just kept getting worse). But, even with a full-on bronchial infection, I never took more than a few days off of running (I might not be the smartest, but I am determined!).
I'm certainly not as crazy as that anymore, but it explains where I was a few years ago when I actually ran 2000+ miles a year and set my PRs.
Now I am just a "low mileage" runner (ready to be put out to pasture), and every other day I am resting anyway- so I figure, why bother to stop for a cold?
This last virus hit me just after I started running again after resting from an injury. Could my body have been saying "Take another 4 weeks off." ?
I don't think so.
this illness has been plaguing me about 4 weeks.
In my defense, other people in my house have been sick just as long and they don't run! And I don't do well at taking naps, but they do. And they are sick too, (Did I mention that part?).
I'm sure you have seen what the experts say about running while sick, but in case you haven't:
♦From RunnersWorld.com Should You Run When You're Sick?
♦An opposing article from Competitor.com
♦RunnersConnect.net (a great resource!!) uses scientific research to weigh the pros and cons HERE .. (And also proposes that scientists should infect all test subjects with the same cold virus to make an even better study. Yay! Sign me up!?) . RunnersConnect also explains how to adjust your training when you are sick HERE.
♦Click HERE to see what elite/coach +Sage Canaday says about running while sick on Youtube.
|Dorris Ranch ~ Springfield, OR. |
Can't think of a lovelier place to run when you are SICK than in an old orchard: soft surface, squirrels hiding about.
I was the only nut left.
It's hard for me to take a complete rest.
But what do you think?
When you are sick, do you run anyway? Or, do you stay in and rest?
I'd LOVE to know the truth! Here's your chance to confess.