Changes in Plans

Wow – long time no post! I’ve been in New York since last Wednesday, when my husband and I were called out here due to his grandfather’s health being rather precarious at the time. This meant that I had to cancel birthday plans as well as my plans to run the Seattle 1/2 Marathon, which was to also be my birthday celebration.

Luckily, fitness wise, my 1/2 marathon dreams are still in the running – I am scheduled to run the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon next weekend.

Of course, as I usually do the week of my birthday, I am coming down with a head cold, and am laying low, being whiney, and craving a burrito (where’s a good burrito near Scarsdale?!)

I was ab it ambitious when I logged onto Blogger today – so I think that’s it for the update. I guess a bit of recap – I’ve been able to do up to 9 mi (including yesterday) so I think I’m in good shape for the 1/2. I’m still debating on following through with the Bikilas, but I’ve come this far, so why not?

OK, more rest awaits!

Unintended Rest Days: Sick Days

For the past few days I thought I was fighting allergies. I am coming to terms with the fact that today, I’m not having an allergic reaction, I’m having a head cold. I’ve got the sluggish body load, full sinuses and ear pressure and a scratch throat. It’s not the worst cold ever, but I’m feeling pretty icky. This article in Runner’s World talks about whether or not you should run when you feel sick. The gist that I get, is that if it’s a illness above the neck, you’re probably generally fine to run your normal runs, but if it’s below the neck, to take three days off. There is also mention that some illnesses, like sinus infections, can lead to worse illnesses, and what I gather, taking time off when you’re sick might not be a bad thing.

It’s just that I already have slacked off due to my two races, two weekends in a row!

I, however, prefer getting better to getting sicker, and I have a big weekend of fun (a friend coming in from out of town, possible hiking, definite BBQ’ing) and am starting classes (and maybe even an internship) soon.

It’s hard not to feel the pressure to run, even though I feel dragged down. How do you cope with sick days and exercise?