How quickly can I recover and from being sick for running?
(North Shore Boston, MA)
I'm training for the Boston marathon, and supposed to run my longest run (22miles) tomorrow. I've been sick with a fever and body aches for the last five days and haven't run. I ran today for 6 miles and felt good. Should I stick with my plan to run my 22 miles tomorrow and just get back on schedule or should I revise?
Thanks - Kevin
If you can put off this run for a few days, I would. Run another time before you go for this long run. Honestly, the long run before a marathon is probably more important psychologically than it is physically.
If you head out there, and aren't sure about your health, you might second guess yourself during this training run. I suggest a regular distance run instead, and then when you are completely sure of your health, go for the 22 mile run.
There is the second option of running a loop that is 5.5 miles long. Just plan on running your 22 mile long run, and every time you complete a loop gauge how you feel. If you can manage, go for all four loops for a 22 mile run. If it isn't working for you, you can cut the run short at 5.5 miles, 11 miles, or 16.5 miles.
No matter what happens in this case, you leave yourself with options. If you get the whole run in, you'll be excited. If not, you can simply cut this run short and try for the longer distance run a few days down the road. I hope one of these ideas helps you. Good luck in Boston!
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