Taking Forced Time Off

No Running SignI am angry as I type this. Angry at Google. Angry at my half marathon training plan. Angry at the germs that have invaded my body.

I have not run in three days. Why, you ask?

Thursday afternoon, shortly after a killer five mile run, my throat started getting scratchy. Allergies, maybe?

Nope. By the end of the evening, my head and chest were engulfed in a full-fledged cold.

My immediate reaction to this was to sweat it out. So I pounded the pavement for an easy three miles, only to find myself feeling worse.

So I pulled open the Google-machine.

Running web site after running web site advised taking time off from running (like three days!!!!!) until the germs pass.

The rational side of my brain understands this. Train hard even when your body is trying to use its energy to fight off an illness and you could make the cold worse or make your recovery time longer.

The emotional side of my brain can’t stop thinking that the Virginia Running Festival’s Half-Marathon at Christopher Newport University isn’t that far away and my training plan was already a little tight. Plus, this cold fell right over my birthday, when I wanted to run eight miles as a gift to myself.

That brings me back to my anger. At Google. At the cold. At not being able to run.

Thankfully, I think, the cold is working its way out. The chills are gone and the nasty cough is clearing stuff out (too much information, I know). Plus, it’s not like I’m injured and out for weeks. It’s just a chest cold.

But man, I sure hate not being able to run.

Stephanie Heinatz is a mother, wife, small business owner and running enthusiast who’s working to get back on her running game. Follow her training saga here as she gets ready for the Virginia Running Festival’s Half-Marathon at Christopher Newport University on Nov. 10, 2013.