Saturday, July 23, 2011

Running Blahs

This is the second time this week I have taken a day off because I feel puny the day after a run. No fever, but achy, sneezy, congestion, and a faint sore throat. Two thoughts on why this might be:

1). I am fighting off a cold and since running can temporarily bring down the immune system, the cold is flaring up the next day.

2). I am not doing something right in the recovery phase, such as not drinking enough water or eating enough/the right things after the run, so my body is turning on me.

It really could be either, as I tend to not really eat much after a run and have to force food down my throat because I am not hungry. I doesn't help that I also don't eat much when I am feeling icky. I wish that it was the other way around: when I don't run, I don't shove food down the hatch at an alarming rate.

Needless to say, no 5 mile run today. Instead, naps and fluids. I had this problem in 2008 when I was first starting training for races. It might be too much training too quick, but I really don't want to admit that yet. Not until I start getting the knee & hip problems back will I give in. I am on a plan and I am doing an OK job of following it (I am certainly not doing more than the plan calls for!), so I am still hopeful. I'll hope for 5 miles tomorrow morning before we go to the beach to celebrate birthdays, eat fried chicken, and bask in the sunshine!

Anyone else deal with this? Anyone have an easy fix? I am such a baby and just won't run when I feel like crap. It DOES NOT make me feel better.


  1. I've just started running. It's my attempt at getting slim and healthy. I'm running my first 5k at the end of September. I hope I can stick with this, because I am sore as all heck and it sucks! I had no idea running temporarily lowers the immune system.

  2. It isn't running per say, it is when you push yourself hard with running or run a distance which is considered endurance (which 5 miles is not). I guess I am just pushing myself too hard?

    Running is a GREAT way to get in shape/vent out a bad day with the kiddos. After the first few weeks it starts to feel GOOD instead of terrible. When you are sore make sure to ice/compress. Ibuprofen is your best friend!!!!! Good luck getting ready for your 5k, there are some great races in your neck of the woods!