I dodged COVID for more than two years but, when I caught it, it felt like I had an ordinary head cold that I would typically run through. And, so I did—for a few days. There was one hiccup to my plan: I couldn’t sleep. So, rather than burning the candle at both ends, I decided my easy jogs just weren’t that important and I took a complete rest.
I talk about my experience in the video above but, if you find yourself facing the same situation, here are a few things I found helpful to consider:
- Consult your doctor: Do what they say, not what I did.
- Track your effort: I plotted my heart rate vs. grade-adjusted pace, so I could see if I was working unusually hard while sick.
- Look for outliers: If your usual route is exceptionally slow or feels too hard, take that as a sign to rest.
- Don’t be afraid of a zero in your training log: A couple days off will be better for you in the long run.
- Take it easy, even after you test negative: I had to walk up hills for a few weeks after I beat the virus.
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Jeff is Runner-in-Chief for Runner's World, guiding the brand's shoes and gear coverage. A true shoe dog, he's spent more than a decade testing and reviewing shoes. In 2017, he ran in 285 different pairs of shoes, including a streak of 257 days wearing a different model.