Last week I barely exercised at all. I had been optimistic that my flu vaccine would protect me from contracting Isla’s flu, but the week turned out otherwise.
On Sunday, just as Isla’s flu symptoms were mitigating, I developed a sore throat and cough. Before bed, I suddenly as if I had just run a marathon – my entire body hurt. By Monday morning, I was obviously sick with the flu. I experienced chills, a fever, body aches, a dry cough, sore throat, fatigue, and a dreadful headache. I visited urgent care, with a baby in tow, and they prescribed me Tamiflu.
I took the entire week off of running and strength training. I was pretty sick until Thursday and barely had any energy until Friday. On Friday, I took Isla for a short walk in the stroller, without any dogs in tow. On Saturday and Sunday, the weather was beautiful, so Ryan and I took Isla on a couple of longer stroller walks. Sunday was also the first day where I felt well enough to want to run. At least last week was supposed to be a cutback week anyway!
Thankfully, our household is flu-free now!
Isla turns six months soon, which means she will be developed enough for the jogging stroller. She has good head control and motor skills already, so we started taking walks in the jogging stroller. I wanted to give her time to adjust to it before running. She loves being able to look around!
I did not enjoy a week’s break from running. However, I know time off to fully recover from the flu was the best thing for my long-term training goals. A long week off made me eager to train hard again. With lighter mornings and Isla soon graduating to the jogging stroller, I am hopeful that I can get in some good runs outside. Just a few more weeks until my 10K race!
How was your week in running?
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