sick day(s) + survey action!

I’ve been a little under the weather the past couple days…I’ve come home from work, showered, eaten dinner, and been in bed by 10:30.  For the record, I’m never in be before midnight, and I usually have to force myself into bed before 1pm.  Yes, I do wake up at 6:20 in the morning to go to work.  No, I don’t get a lot of sleep on the days that I work.  However, me going to bed at 10:30 is a definite signal that, um,  I’m not feeling so hot.

Which doesn’t bode well for running because if I’m going to bed that early, then I obviously need some rest, and I’m not above taking some time off for my body to heal.  (I have some control over this running obsession!)  When you check your heart rate and find that it’s in the 90’s (after laying in bed for half an hour), and remember that your resting heart rate is in the low 50’s, perhaps your body is telling you something.  So, I haven’t run since Tuesday. It’s now Friday and I made the executive decision to spend one more day drinking OJ.  Luckily, I don’t have to run around taking care of burned kids (ah, so sad, yet so cute).  Perfect.  I’m not totally down and out, but I don’t think that running is the best option right now.

Hopefully this will disappear tomorrow so I can get back out there!  While some people have a guide for running when they’re sick (such as “above the neck, run…below the neck…don’t run), I more believe in going by what I feel.  I know my running body pretty well and like to think that I can make executive decisions about it.  Not that I’m a medical expert or anything…although I kinda am in some regards.  :)

Do you take some rest days if you’re feeling under the weather?  Or do you run until you puke?  (Mile repeats don’t count!)


In an attempt to be not totally boring, I’ll answer this survey that Allie tagged me in!  Surveys like this bring me back to the days when I was 15 and we’d send them around to all our friends…except we did like four per week!

1. Four TV shows that I watch

  • Glee
  • Gilmore Girls (not on anymore…only reruns)
  • Football (um, that’s a TV show, right?)
  • Wow this is hard…I randomly watch Teen Mom.  There, I admitted it.

2. Four Things that I’m passionate about

  • Running
  • Health promotion…need to be more involved in that
  • Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Maryland Terps!
  • Blogging…love you all!

3. Four words/phrases I use a lot

  • “I have no idea…”  (My life is clearly a mystery at times)
  • “Fantastic!”
  • “Alright then.
  • “Who knew?!”

4. Four things I’ve learned in the past

  • Life is what you make of it…get a job that doesn’t make you cry!
  • Yes, you can run a marathon without running for a month beforehand.  Not recommended in general, however.
  • Get out of your comfort zone…move to a city where you don’t know anyone…try new foods…it’s totally worth it.
  • Ice cream is always a good idea.


5. Four places I would like to go

  • Hawaii
  • South America
  • Australia

6. Four things I did yesterday

  • Drank way too much vanilla tea.
  • Took care of four burned kids for 12.5 hours.
  • Asked my four kids how much they ate/drank and if they needed to pee…at least twelve times each.
  • Ate tomato soup + cheese quesadilla.  mmmm.

7. Four things I’m looking forward to

  • Hopefully going to Africa this year.
  • Two of my best friends are getting married…yay!  (I’m co-maid of honor for both!)
  • Marathon.  Marathon.  RELAY.  Marathon.
  • Living in NYC…soooo much to do!

8. Four things I love about winter

  • I don’t like winter.
  • Fleece pants.
  • Coffee being acceptable at all times of the day.
  • The true runners are still out there on the roads.  :)

9. Tag four people to play along (sorry if you’ve done it already!)


That’s it for now…off to find some OJ!

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  1. says

    I’ll take a rest day if I’m feeling under the weather. An extra rest day doesn’t matter much in the big picture of training. Feel better!

    I also watch Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. They are my go-to shows while running on the treadmill.

  2. says

    Sounds like you made a wise decision to take it easy. :)I definitely will take rest days if I’m not feeling well.

    I didn’t know you were planning to go to Africa this year; that sounds amazing!

    Hahaha…I don’t like winter either.

  3. says

    I hope you continue to feel better! Is the burn unit you work on just for peds? Just curious because I’m a peds nurse too.

  4. says

    Nah, i usually don’t run when I’m sick. The worse was last year when I sick on race week and missed out on my spring marathon. Hope you feel better though!

  5. says

    Thanks for the tag!

    That’s really great that you have the sense to check your HR and adapt accordingly. Good for you!

    You really want to go to Africa, eh? Where exactly?

  6. says

    I hope you’re feeling better!!! As much as I love running, I like reasons to sleep instead of run!

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