Aches, pains, fever, chills…..symptoms not to be ignored if they last more than a few days. I am the first to admit I used to ignore my symptoms which when I first started running led to severe shin splints and stress fractures. I have since learned that you need to pay attention to what your body is telling or you can end up seriously injured.
Today my sister Brandy who is visiting from Ohio ended up in the ER because she ignored symptoms that she thought would go away. Her symptoms were vague: stomachache, backache, night sweats but she did run an actually fever of 103 last Wednesday but she took some aspirin and it went away or so she thought until last night when she again ran a 102 fever. The fever plus the stomachache and backache led to an ER visit today and a diagnosis of a urinary and kidney infection.
If you have any symptoms that last more than a few days even if they are vague get checked by a medical doctor. Don’t wait until the symptoms are so severe you end up seriously injured or in the ER. Always listen to your body and you will never be wrong. Lesson learned.
On another note I ran a 4 mile tempo run in 35:47. Other than the wind which so strong at times I felt like I wasn’t moving at all, the run was a good one.
- Mile 1: 9:22 (warm up, against the wind)
- Mile 2: 8:24 (tempo, with the wind)
- Mile 3: 8:27 (tempo, with the wind)
- Mile 4: 9:33 (cool down, against the wind)
The wind during runs is not your friend but you never know how race day is going to be so having some runs with stronger winds can help prepare you if race day is windy. I’d actually prefer it be colder with no wind so here’s hoping race day is 50 degrees with no wind, perfect running weather for me!
What is your perfect running weather?