Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Taper Sickness

Welp, it's taper time for my upcoming half marathon on Saturday.  And wouldn't you know, it is this week my body decides to get sick. And it hit me like WA-BAM!! I woke up Monday morning with a scratchy throat and as the workday went on, I was feeling worse and worse.

Congestion.

Headache.

Very swollen throat.

Exhaustion.

By the end of the day, I was totally pooped.  I had originally planned to head to the gym after work for spin class at 6 pm, but instead headed straight home.  I ate a snack and decided to get into bed because my head was pounding.  After attempting to read for about 20 minutes I put the book down and closed my eyes.

The next thing I know I was waking up to my phone ringing at about 8 pm! Very nice nap, indeed! After talking on the phone for a bit, I headed out to the grocery store before coming home and going back to bed.

Definitely no workout on Monday.

But if you think Monday was bad, Tuesday is going to blow your mind.

I got up and struggled through a whole day at work although I am certain my productivity was not at maximum capacity.  It suffered mucho.  I was really hoping I would feel better after a full nights sleep but as the day went on I became more and more exhausted.  So straight home after work it was, do not pass gym do not collect 200 sweat points.  From there I pretty much went and got straight into bed.  I opened my book again and tried to read but it was fruitless and I feel asleep by about 6:30.  I cashed out until 10:45.  


Sleeping was obviously the right choice! I felt a little better at this point but was still tired.  I made the executive decision to get up and change out of my work clothes, eat a little snack (food was not appetizing but I hadn't eaten since lunch and knew I needed to put something into my stomach), and brush my teeth.  I ended up staying up for about an hour because I wanted to finish my book, Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult.

This morning I woke up at about 7 and still felt like I could sleep more!  But instead got up for work.  I'm feeling a bit better today but still not in great shape.  My throat scratchiness has decreased but my congestion seems to have increased.  I'm really hoping I feel better by Saturday so I can run my race.  I realize my chances of hitting my time goal are decreasing by the day but at this point I still think I will be able to run.

I've been back and forth over whether I should go to the gym this week.  And at this point, I think I am much better off getting more rest than pushing myself in a workout.  I might go and try to do a very light workout, but I certainly don't want to push myself.

This situation is certainly not ideal, but I am just trying to honor my body and give it the rest it needs.












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