Sod The Sniffles

I’ve been feeling lousy since yesterday’s run. Not because of the run itself, but because I started getting a cold and my sinuses were killing me. To be fair, it has been coming on for a few days now but came to a head yesterday afternoon with the result that I really didn’t feel like doing my run this morning.

I woke up at 8am, which is late for me even at the weekend, and decided that, apart from my sinuses feeling rubbish, it was too late to go out. I could always start Week 6 tomorrow. No big deal as you are supposed to leave a day between runs on C25K – I just do two at the weekend because I prefer to run in the morning.

Anyway, I made myself some coffee and logged in to WordPress to see what everyone else was up to. As usual, I read a whole load of inspiring stories from people doing anything from C25K up to marathon training and I realised that I was being stupid. 

I ran for twenty minutes non-stop yesterday and all I had to do today was a couple of five minute runs with an eight minute run in the middle. Was I really going to let my sniffly sinuses get in the way of that? Of course not!

So, I grabbed my trainers and a huge wad of toilet roll (I didn’t have any tissues) and headed for the seafront just after 9:00 am. To be honest, the run wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Perhaps it was the fear of my nose running faster than I was (which it didn’t) or the fact that having run twenty minutes non-stop yesterday I thought I had super human powers (which I clearly don’t) that made it tough. I’m not sure, but I did get through it and I feel so much better as a result.

Yes, I still have horrible itchy sinuses, but they feel better than they did when I first woke up this morning, so maybe it did me some good in that sense. The main thing though, is that I got my run in. And the thing that made me do it was reading other people’s blogs and comments. It really does make a huge difference.

I’m going to have nice hot Lemsip now and chill out for the rest of the day. So, thanks for your words of encouragement. Have a great weekend and feel free to leave a comment or a link to your blog.



7 thoughts on “Sod The Sniffles”

  1. Good work going out when you’re not feeling well! I’m impressed!

    I thought the start of Week 6 was going to be a lot easier than it was as well. The end of Week 5 makes you a bit cocky, in a good way of course!

    1. Yup. I was definitely feeling a bit too cocky about today’s run. Still, it seems that a lot of this running malarkey is about staying positive, so still smiling. 🙂
      Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

  2. Well done on getting that run in. Be aware also, that when you’re sick or just overcoming a bout of cold/illness you might have a tough, slow run, don’t be disheartened by it. Sickness happens and you can power though it.

    1. Thanks Leanne. I’m really pathetic when I have cold so, apart from clearing my head for an hour or so afterwards, getting out there made me feel pretty good about myself… or maybe that’s the Lemsip talking. 😉

  3. Good for you getting out there when you don’t feel well…I’ve heard said that as long as you’re not running a fever it’s ok to exercise when sick. And with all those endorphins running through your system maybe that will kick the sickness out!

    1. Thanks Sharon. I was pretty pleased with myself for doing it. Unfortunately the endorphins are no match for this cold though, as I’ve now been in bed for two days and probably won’t make tomorrow’s run.
      On a positive note though, I will only be one run behind instead of two if it clears up by the weekend. 🙂

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