On Saturday I went on a 7 mile run with a couple of friends and we ended it by treating ourselves to coffee and acai bowls.
After the run and acai bowls, I felt like I had more energy left in me so I placed by yoga mat in my living room and did 50 burpees. Still not satisfied, I worked out to a couple of Blogilates videos for abs and glutes. Finally feeling accomplished I lied down to foam roll and stretch.
Strangely enough, an hour later my throat really started to hurt, and then my whole body began feeling weak and cold. I spent the rest of the day in bed dealing with the sickness.
After telling my mom and a couple of friends I was sick, they reacted by saying “you need to stop running so much in the rain!” I scoffed at their response, thinking that the sickness must be a coincidence.
Now it’s Tuesday and I’m still not fully recovered. I’m beginning to think that maybe I have been pushing myself too much.
On the other hand, I’m getting a little nervous because the sickness is cutting into my training time for my half, among other things (catching-up with work, blogging etc.).
When I do fall sick, I sometimes feel guilty for skipping workouts, sleeping too much, or for sitting in bed eating Thin Mints. But what I need to remind myself is that sickness, tiredness is part of life.
It’s okay to rest a few days, it’s okay to eat whatever I want. The world is not going to end if I don’t train enough for this half marathon.
I still struggle with listening to my body when it needs a break. I need to stop worrying, stop feeling guilty, stop comparing myself to others, and just relax.