I may have mentioned earlier this week that I wasn't feeling too well. I started to feel a cold coming on Monday afternoon after my Mom had left for the airport. I was congested, had a headache, sneezing, feeling generally exhausted. No, not a pretty sight. Thank goodness I don't have a picture to share with you! I've been battling it all week but I think it is starting to fade away!
The question is: do you workout when you're sick or not?
This can be a very personal question. Usually when Woody gets sick, he puts on sweats, a knit hat and hits the cardio machine and then the steamroom to 'sweat it out' before loading up on about 4 oranges and other citrus fruits throughout the day. Usually, this works for him. I don't really have a routine like this, but I follow a rule of thumb I've read several places: if it's in your lungs, don't workout. Obviously, if you're not able to breathe well, it's not the best idea to do cardio and stress your lungs and heart more than they already are.
This week, I've continued to workout but I've slept in each morning about an hour and then cut my cardio by about 10 minutes but increased the intensity a little and I've cut out a few strength exercises that increase pressure in my sinuses. It seems to be working since I'm feeling better. Unfortunately, today we didn't get to the gym because of the snow storm that we're in the midst of. We knew it would be too slippery getting there this morning so I hope to workout in our fitness room later this afternoon instead.
How do you deal with working out when you're feeling under the weather? My one suggestion (aside from definitely sitting it out if it's hard to breathe) is to listen to your body and do what it says! If you're exhausted and feel miserable, working out or going to that race, is not going to help you. Chances are you'll feel worse afterwards and then just wish you had slept instead!
Back to the Marathon Tune-Up - as much as I wanted to hit that mileage and get that long run in, I had to skip it and eat the registration fee. I won't deny that I was pretty sad that morning when I knew thousands of people were running the race, but I knew if I wanted to run the marathon I had to give up that one race.
Check out these amazing oranges and grapefruits Woody's Mom sent us from Florida! YUM! These will definitely help me get rid of this cold!
Check out our view this morning! (yes, that's snow covering the windows!)
Good luck to all the runner's who have races this weekend, including The Redhead, B.o.B. and Jamoosh, who are all running the Gasparilla Marathon on Sunday!! You are going to rock it and have fun doing it!!
If you're running a race this weekend, leave a comment and we'll all send good wishes your way!