After constantly sanitizing my hands and going over board on Vitamin C, I have fallen victim to the common cold. This is a serious burden as I’m on a short training schedule that has small wiggle room for sick days. However, I understand I have to give my body time to rest and recuperate before I head back out to run in the cold and wet weather.
Here are my tips on how to get better fast so you can get back to training!
1. Sick Day. This means laying in bed, sleeping, enjoying a marathon of Full House, and relaxing. Medicate accordingly, spread Vicks on your chest, and bundle up. Time to sweat it out. If you keep running yourself down you will only become sicker.
2. Hydrate. Yes drinking orange juice, vitamin C smoothies, and lots of tea are all good! However, remember to drink plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated. Sometimes when we’re sick water isn’t the first thing we reach for. Keep the fluids coming!
3. Stay home from work until you’re better! No one else needs your cold, and I guarantee you will be completely useless if you’re sneezing and coughing at your desk all day. Your coworkers will also give you the death glare every time you sniffle. Respect others and be fair. Keep yourself quarantined in your own home.
4. Don’t begin running until you’re 100% better. If you head out for a run in the cold and you’re still coughing and sniffling you’ll be right back to square one! Give your body time. Don’t be a hero! You’ll be back out there in no time!