For the first time in a long while, I'm sick. Glands are swollen, voice is strained, always sounding on-edge, and I'm exhausted. It's been coming for a few days now, but hit full force yesterday. In the morning I got up and went to the gym anyway, spending about thirty minutes on a stair-stepper type machine. I hate those machines, but my left foot is hamburger and needed some time to recover. When I got off the machine, I was a little light-headed. I should've slept in!
race coordinator was nice enough to mail it to me.
Anyhow, by yesterday afternoon I had nothing left. I skipped my planned ride. I took Nyquil and went to bed early, then slept in as late as possible while leaving enough time to make it to work. Today I took it easy and grabbed a good nap this afternoon, instead of this afternoon's ride.
The route I took normally requires two hours, the fastest ever being 1:56. I did it on the new bike, while being a little sick, in 1:46! Man, buyer's remorse ... gone.
Today at work I'm just administering finals, which provided me ample opportunity to read up on running while sick. The rule I read said, "Neck up, go ahead. Sick neck down (chest), don't run."
Well, I've got a head cold and just a little bit of a cough, so I think I'm okay to exercise. But then my foot is still pretty sore, though improving. I can walk without a limp but under the toes is tender and the top of the foot is still sore.
So perhaps sleeping in (I run in the early mornings, ride in the afternoons) to recover from the cold will have the more important benefit of allowing my foot to recover.