Good luck!

Good luck to all of the ladies running the Maine Coast Half Marathon tomorrow!! I will be thinking of you all and wishing I was there with you! Enjoy every second. This is what you have worked for.  Could you have asked for better weather??

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I am going to keep training so I will be able to run with you next year!

I’m off to Texas in the a.m. but will have plenty of time to blog during the week so expect updates!

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Exercising while sick

So after my great weekend with my sister this weekend, we both ended up with the flu. I thought it was just the stomach bug but I had a fever, body aches, and major fatigue. There was just no way around admitting I had the flu.  I tried to go into work today but since both of my bosses are on H1N1 studies with the CDC they weren’t taking any chances and sent me home for the rest of the week.

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I have been anxious to get back to training but I know my body isn’t ready yet.  My muscles are still week and my fever just broke yesterday.

So how do I know when it’s okay to exercise after the flu?

With cold and flu season here I thought I would share some of the information I found. Here are some guidelines I found:

  • Most doctors say it’s okay to exercise with a cold as long as you don’t have a fever or muscle aches (make sure to check with your doctor first!!) Fevers cause your muscles to weaken (including your heart) and exercising can put extra strain on them.
  • Do not exercise if you have a fever.
  • After your fever breaks wait a few days do low intensity and short duration exercise every other day for 7-10 days
  • Make sure you are not dehydrated! It is one of the main reasons people are hospitalized from the flu.
  • Do not push it if you have any shortness of breath
  • Most importantly – talk with your doctor! Every cold and flu is different and effects people differently.  You don’t want to push it and get even worse.

Want to read more? Check out these sites:
Working out after the flu
Exercise when you have the flu
Exercise with Flu or Cold, or Stay in bed?

    Welcome!

    Welcome to my blog! This is a new adventure for me. I’ve been dabbling into adapting a healthy lifestyle and running for the past few years now but I have never managed to make it stick. I just turned 25 this past June and I knew it was time to get serious about it.

    What’s first? Well, I received an email at work one day saying my company was sponsoring a half marathon and I knew this was the place to start to challenge myself. They also asked if anyone would be willing to blog about their training experience. I read health and fitness blogs all of the time and figured what better way to make myself accountable?

    This should be quiet interesting because right now the most I can run without stopping is 1.5 miles (on a good day!).  I’ve been researching training plan and have decided to go with Hal Higdon’s novice training plan . It may be a tab bit advanced for me but I think I can handle it. I’m going to push myself but not to the point of injury. My cross training will consist mostly of tennis games with my boyfriend Garrett, walking the 2.1 miles through Boston to the T station to avoid the rush, or classes at the gym – Zumba is my favorite.

    I’m not looking to win the race, I am doing this for myself. I want to improve my running and overall health and enjoy the ride!