I had to made a tough decision on the weekend, one of the toughest I’ve had to in my training so far. And that was the decision to skip my long run over the weekend.
All week I planned, prepped, ate well, hydrated and slept well. Yet nothing could prevent the me from getting the dreaded cold & flu illness that’s going around… and believe me, I’ve tried to prevent it.
I had a sniffly nose at the tail end of last week and had hoped it would pass, but unfortunately I woke up on Saturday morning feeling the worst I had all week. At the time I said to myself, “maybe you’ll feel better tomorrow” but looking outside the window on Sunday morning and seeing the torrential downpour I decided it was not worth the risk of getting more ill by running in the rain with a cold.
Some would say it was a smart decision because everyone needs a rest at some point, especially given the circumstances, but then why do I feel so bad about skipping the run?
I don’t know the answer to that, and I’m told that you shouldn’t try to make up the km’s you have missed so am deciding to wipe it from the memory. Move on and stay strong.
Here’s an article that you might find interesting: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/should-you-run-when-youre-sick?page=single