Blocked sinuses, runny nose, banging headache, sore throat, chesty cough, watery eyes. Feeling under the weather, feeling contagious, feeling like death. Yep, I was feeling pretty run down.

With less than three weeks to go before the half marathon, nothing, not even a cold, was going to stop me in my tracks and make me miss training. Stocking up on early nights, tissues, water, electrolights, Ibrophens and wrapping myself in layers so I could push through a 9 mile flat run and 10 mile cross country the following week.

Yes, my nose was streaming, my eyes were leaking and my muscles were burning, sore, screaming at me to take a much needed rest day. Time is what I needed. Time to recuperate and catch my breath. But I hated the thought of missing out on those precious training miles.

Medical advice? Probs not to run if feeling really ill. But there is a running rule that advises doing the Neck Check, that is if you have symptons below the neck such as chest or bronchial infection, then take time off running; if symptons are above the neck, such as streaming, stuffy head or, sore throat then keep training. The main thing is to listen to your body! And, even if you do run, take it easy.

I knew the miles were going to be a challenge. Sometimes, when you push yourself that little bit harder, you feel it was worth it and the run actually helps your immune system. You know, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

And feeling run down, certainly makes you appreciate feeling well...

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