Let’s clarify that: why it was good to be sick before my half. I know being sick doesn’t sound like a good thing, but you’d be surprised — sometimes it just might be a blessing in disguise. Although it’s always better to be healthy!
I actually had a completely different post about 75% done, but then this popped into my mind, and it sort of fits in with the fitness theme for this week’s Friday Five from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run. And it’s just what’s been on my mind — I guess subconsciously, I was working on this post!
Let’s look at the obvious first
And that would be that obviously it’s better to be sick before your race than during your race.
It helped me to up my fluid intake
When I’m sick, I make more of an effort to drink a lot of fluids. I’m usually pretty good on a daily basis, but I really step it up when I’m sick. Lots of tea and soup.
That behavior can probably be traced back to the time I got so dehydrated from a fever I passed out. I almost ended up in the hospital!
Hydrating well before a half marathon is a good thing.
It helped me to take much needed rest
Since all my halfs are racecations, there’s just always a ton going on before I even leave. Thankfully I wasn’t so sick that I couldn’t move, so I was still walking Lola, I managed to get my runs in, but I’d do something, then I’d lay down and watch tv. I was definitely getting in way more rest than I normally do.
I also caught up with Gray’s Anatomy — I hadn’t watched the episodes I taped since March.
I’m still trying to take it a little bit easier, but there’s a ton of stuff to do. Before 9 am this morning I:
- Got Mr. Judy’s breakfast together
- Fed myself and the animals
- Cleaned the kitchen
- Emptied the dishwasher
- Walked Lola
- Dusted downstairs
- Vacuumed downstairs
- Emptied and cleaned a litterbox
And I have a lot more to do today! But I’ll be laying down and resting again for a bit after I post this blog.
It helped me to eat clean
I know a lot of people tend to go for comfort food when they’re sick, but I tend to clean up my act when I’m sick. Up the freggies, lower the sugar, stick to whole foods as much as possible.
This is never a bad thing.
It helped me to drop some weight
I know what you’re thinking: it’s all water weight and it’s just going to come right back on. Well, it probably will come right back on, but only because I will be traveling and eating out and running a half.
I wasn’t so sick that I lost my appetite, but I wasn’t as hungry. Right now I’m back to normal, back to eating normally, and almost back to exercising normally. And over the last couple of weeks I dropped a couple of pounds to my lowest weight in at least 15 years.
I think some of it actually had to do with Passover and the fact that I took oatmeal out of my diet completely for a week. When I saw what that did for me, I still had oatmeal before my long run last week, but I did try to continue to cut back on the oatmeal and continue to concentrate on whole foods, freggies, and less sugar.
Since I lost weight two weeks in a row, I don’t think it was water weight. And I know running always feels better when I’m at a good weight. The challenge now will be to continue to try to eat clean on the road.
I’m pretty sure I’ll gain some weight while I’m away, and I won’t lie — it makes me a little sad, since I’m just 1 1/2 lbs away from where I want to be. But that’s life, and I’d rather travel and run my half then let my weight take over my life.
What sorts of foods to you turn towards when you’re sick?
How do you eat healthy when you’re traveling?