Sometimes what we don’t listen to is our body telling us something is wrong, like an injury, hamstring pull or plantar fasciitis, fighting a head cold or a flu bug. Your body is a smart. It has been design to let YOU know when something isn’t right. The body is the most amazing machine on this earth. It is telling your body to rest and heal.
What are you doing to get better? Are YOU listening to your body? Are you training? Are you resting? Nah, I am good. I am a triathlete. I don’t need rest. Ahhh, think again.
I bring this up today because I am the one that is sick. I must have gotten some flu bug today. I woke up with a headache. Grabbed some coffee. Coffee didn’t even taste good. I got my running clothes on, grabbed the pup and off we went for “Wunning Wednesday” on the trails. It was not pretty. I had some dry heaves and some stomach issues. Made it home. Shower. Put on sweats, sweatshirt, socks, cuddled up in a blanket and slept for 2 hours. I haven’t eaten much today, which will affect my workouts for Thursday, if I am up for working out.
This is my rule of thumb when it comes to being sick or injured:
- Above the neck (headache, head cold): I try to get out and do something for at least 30 minutes. If it doesn’t feel good after 10 minutes, I turn around/stop, etc.
- Below the neck: It is a rest day for me. Drink lots of fluids. Try to eat what I can and sleep!
- Injury: Depends on the injury and also depends on the severity of the injury. I will try a massage first. If it is worse, I will contact Airrosti.
So why did I go run? I thought it was a headache, which in turned to a 24 hour flu bug.
Remember, missing ONE or two days from a workout will not hurt your fitness. Remember, to look at the BIG picture of your training and your racing. Taking off one or two days to allow the body to heal is not a bad thing….actually, it will only help.