Yesterday I ran a 4 mile race. It went well, I felt good. Late afternoon I needed a nap. Didn't think about it, because part of the package with running the race was getting up early, on less sleep than normal. Then I felt like going to bed early, like around 8:30 PM. Didn't think much about that, either; short night, hard work, need my rest.
Today is a planned rest day. I contemplated writing a blog here about rest being the most under-rated part of training. One of my running groups posted a link along those lines,
a story about how a world class runner did an unprecedented, killer speed workout, then took a day off. www.scienceofrun
Well. My body soaked up 10 hours of sleep last night. I woke up cold, turned off the fan. Woke up sweaty, then got chilled when I moved the covers. Had a headache. At 1 AM I gave up and took some ibuprofen. It occurred to me I probably had a fever; it was somewhat better by the time I got up.
Most of today I had no energy whatsoever. Felt like Day One of a killer cold, except no nasal congestion. Eventually found an old digital thermometer. It topped out at 100.6. Not sure it's accurate, but for sure my temperature was higher than normal.
So I did the bare minimum today. Getting out to Aldi for a couple things that traffic deterred me from getting on Wednesday was a significant effort. Took a couple short naps. Took a long nap. Took my temperature a couple more times; it edged down slightly, but there was still the uncertainty of how good this decades-old thermometer is. Ordered a new one from Amazon.
Somewhere in there, I started feeling better. Enough better to trim my beard and run the vacuum. Right now, that dubious thermometer says I'm at 99.2. I think. There's no beep when it's done, and it seems to take an awfully long time to stabilize. Hence, the new thermometer that promises to measure in 8 seconds and beep when done. I chose no-rush shipping, because I think I will be past needing it for this episode when it gets here, even with 2-day shipping. But it will be nice to have on hand for the next time.
Chances are good that I'll be fine in the morning. If not, I'll call in and bag the long run.
Reflections on being sick: This would have really sucked if I had to get up early and go to work. On the other hand, I never made time for a Fourth of July Race when working. One day off just wasn't enough to deal with.
I've seen the thing with what should have been a killer cold getting better really fast when I'm in good shape and training for a marathon. I had not thought I was in *that* good a shape right now. And I'm puzzled by the lack of nasal congestion. I think I picked up some kind of bug, probably viral; but it's not acting like a typical cold or a typical flu. Maybe a watered down flu because I got a flu shot?
Athletes in training (maybe people in general?) tend to assume we won't get sick. Then when it happens, it's always a surprise. There's not just the consideration of what do I need to do to get better; there's also the consideration of whether, and how, this requires me to adjust the training schedule.
If I have to get sick, this isn't too bad a thing to have. It seems manageable, and it looks like it will go away soon. But it threw me for a loop when I realized it wasn't just a reaction to running hard in the heat and humidity yesterday.