I hope you feel better soon the flu is nothing to mess around with. Drink plenty of fluids, and get lots of rest your body needs it. Then start back slow. This flu season has been a rough one for everyone. Good luck on your marathon.
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After 7 marathon training cycles, I have never been sick or injured seriously *knock on wood* but you can miss a week or so of training without any adverse effects. As others have said, the week off will allow you to come back stronger.
Thank you everyone for the kinds words. I ended up at the doctor and got meds for a major sinus infection. I took 4 days off and finally was able to get back out today. My time per mile was no where near what I normally run but it was sure nice to get out again. I know that it was good for my body to take some time off but it is hard to convince my head that it's ok to miss a few days because I was sick, not just because I "wanted" some time off.
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I'll tell you what I've been telling my swimmers for more that 20 years, Think of this as a mini-taper. The time off will not derail your training, in fact it will give your body time to heal and rest. It'll take a few days of training, but you will get back before you know it.
Rest, but also use this time for mental advantage. Use the time to make lists of ideas to encourage yourself during you future running. I saw a video on youtube that showed that people that virtually exercised and then truly exercised did 45% than those that did nothing. So if you feel up to it image yourself running in good form and let your brain keep your muscles in shape.
Hope you feel better soon.
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RUNNINGMOMMA35 - while you have the flu, running is one of the LAST things you need to do. It would be far more likely to prevent you from running that marathon than waiting until you are properly well to train.
Make sure that you keep yourself warm and well hydrated.
Good luck, and lay back and look forward to April! Kris
Heck! I'd be happy if I could even THINK about running a marathon! Don't worry about your time. Worry about your health. You're going to do fine!
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Yeah, I wonder how many marathoners manage not to get sick at all during their training and have multiple months of perfect health and running sessions... probably not that many. :)
So take care of this one; you'll be back before you know it.
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Don't worry ! You will NOT derail any of your marathon training efforts because you have to take a week or so off from your running routine. The flu is SERIOUS this season. Take care of yourself.
Here's the thing, you do not want to run while you are sick. It wouldn't be a productive workout and your risk for injury increases when you try to push your body too soon. Take a few days off. Honestly, you will not ruin your efforts at running the Boston Marathon if you miss a week of runs.
Take the time you need to get over this flu. And yes, that might mean two weeks of not running. Keep drinking your fluids and get plenty of REST. Don't try to start running too soon or you'll risk getting sick all over again. Right now, your body needs energy to fight the flu instead of for exercise.
I know this is going to sound really stupid but I just need to vent. A little background...I am 73 days out from running the Boston Marathon for the first time. I am an avid runner and training intensely for Boston. However, I have come down with the flu and haven't been able to run since Tuesday. Yes it has only been 2 days but I don't see me running until Saturday because I get so tired just taking a shower. All I can think of is how missing all these training runs is going to hurt my time come April 15th. I know my body needs to rest but I am feeling like a complete failure right now and not working out is not sitting well.
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