We have been back to reality for a day and I already miss the cool soft running of the beach. Running on the beach is such a great workout. Every year I do the same thing. Over do it. I don't mean to do too much but I just enjoy it so much. Even though I only ran 40 miles last week that was still way too much running barefoot on sand.
After a week of too much sun, sand, wind and food with too little sleep, water, recovery or quiet; I came home with more than a bag of shells and sand in my shoes. I came home with the flu. I spend the majority of yesterday trying to nap if napping is defined as laying down on the couch with a 3 year old climbing all over you. I did go for a short run. My thought was maybe if I worked up a sweat I might feel better. Nope 2 miles later I still felt like I just wanted to sleep.
This morning I woke up feeling slightly better. So I decided to get up early and go for my run while it was still cool. Even though my average pace was a 9 minute mile I felt like I was giving it my all. That was just all I had. When I returned home I realized that 5 miles might have been a little too much too soon.
It's hard to decide when you are too sick to workout. For me it's easy to get sucked into that great feeling of pushing myself while I am running. But remembering when to push and when to pull back is critical to a lifetime of safe and healthy running.
Do you know when you are "too sick" to run?
Do you keep up with your running while you are on vacation?
How do you adjust your workouts when you have the sniffles?
Do you feel like you have to get back to your workout routine after a tiring vacation?