When I said I had extra time this week to learn since I am tapering for the half marathon on Sunday, I didn’t expect to type what I did in Google today. “Okay to run with a fever?” Of course Runner’s World has an article with the answer. Basically colds above the neck and a temperature below 99, it is clear to run. Why would I ask such a thing?
Last night I started feeling a little tickle in the back of my throat and a sudden feeling of exhaustion. I figured one of two things would happen by morning – it would go away or bloom into something. That was the feeling I had the day before my sinus cold hit back in February. I woke up this morning to the third option – I felt the same as the night before. Exhausted with a tiny sore throat and my temperature was 98.6. Normal for most, high for me, but still in the safe zone. My body temperature usually ranges from 97.0 to 98.2. (See where being so detailed comes in handy?) I swam 2,000 meters this morning. Despite how I felt, I was satisfied with my overall time. During the workout I didn’t push it, frankly I didn’t have it in me to go faster than the pace I had going. All day I felt out of it and my skin hurt. Not good. I came home by 2:30 and took my temperature – it was 99.1. Definitely fever zone for me. All I wanted to do was sleep, so I got in bed and pulled out my lap top.
Yes, I wanted to sleep, but I had to research. Hence my Google question. “Okay to run with a fever?” First the article covers colds above the neck – head colds, runny nose, post nasal drip. I have post nasal drip, so I am above the neck. Anytime a cold goes into the chest, it is not recommended to run. Then the fever topic was covered. If the fever is above 99, rest. Below 99, listen to your body and run at a comfortable pace and monitor distance. I have a run scheduled for tomorrow, I will see how I am feeling. The race is more important to me and I am prepared. If resting is best so I can run on Sunday, I will behave.
As John Bingham said in the quote I referenced yesterday, runners learn to take what the day gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate. I am not happy that I am experiencing this four days before my race, but it is what I have and I have to live with it. My will is strong, but my body will only allow so much. So I will hope that the day gives me a day below 99. By Sunday.