Last week was a rough week. My runs started out strong, but by the end, a 30-minute walk felt tiring.
Ryan learned on Monday that a coworker tested positive for Covid. He had been showing symptoms of a sinus infection for a couple days. Initially, we thought nothing of it because he often gets sinus infections. He started working from home and went to get tested on Tuesday. His test results returned positive on Wednesday.
I developed a minor sore throat on Monday, which felt more like allergies than a cold or flu. Then fatigue hit me on Friday. I never felt awful, just like I had a seasonal allergy flare coupled with fatigue. That is the scary thing; this feels no worse than mild cold, which is why it spreads so easily. If not for contact tracing, we may not have gotten tested so quickly.
On Friday evening, I received positive test results. Thankfully, Isla tested negative.
I have to emphasize how careful we have been. All it takes is one point of contact. The workplace exposure happened from someone seated near Ryan’s desk. They are mandated to wear masks at work but can remove them when alone at their desks. The spreader also wore a neck gaiter, which recently was shown to not effectively stop the spread due to how well neck gaiters wick moisture.
Before I stopped running, I actually had a good week of runs.
Monday: Rest day
On Monday, a derecho (essentially an in-land hurricane) blasted through the Midwest. We only lost power for the evening. Because of the storm, we only got out for a short evening walk.
Tuesday: 7 mile easy run
I am really enjoying my new Clifton 7s. I cruised along comfortably at an 8:45-ish pace, with almost metronome-like splits. I felt good on this run.
Wednesday: 8 mile progression run
This run felt fantastic. I ran easy for the first four miles, then picked it up slightly in the second half. My splits for the final four miles were 8:14, 8:13, 7:41, and 7:28. Based on this run alone, I would never have suspected that I was soon going to be diagnosed with Covid.
In the afternoon, we learned Ryan’s test was positive. I decided to stop running until I was tested. I did not want to accidentally worsen symptoms, cause postviral syndrome, or incur long-term damage.
Thursday: 1.5 mile walk
We are isolated for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (since neither of us has a fever). We can walk without encountering a single person, so we mask up for a short walk once a day and stick to a single, isolated route.
I want to be cautious about too much inactivity and indoor air, especially since Covid can cause pneumonia and blood clots.
Friday: 1.4 mile walk
The fatigue is the worst symptom for both of us. I will feel fine and then suddenly need to lie down. Short walks keep the fatigue under control.
Saturday: 1.8 mile walk
The humidity and heat made this walk feel harder.
Sunday: 2.3 mile walk
We both felt a bit better, so we extended our walk with another loop. I still anticipate it will be another week or so before I feel back to normal. My plan is to wait until 10 days after the onset of my symptoms to run (especially since I am isolated until then).
Please wear a proper mask.
How was your week in running?
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