I’ve never had the stomach flu in my life until now and it came at the worst time. I am marathon training; I don’t have time to be missing more runs. While driving home from the doctor, I found myself asking “should I run today or rest?” It’s hard for us runners to take rest day.
I came down with the stomach flu Monday morning. I found myself running to the bathroom as soon as I opened my eyes (before my alarm went off). I had a stomachache and I ended up using the bathroom again before leaving off to work. Yes, I went to work because that’s what I do. If I’m not dying, I go to work. Plus, I thought this was just a one or two time thing and that it would go away.
Unfortunately, things continued at work and I ended up seeing a physician assistant. I work at a doctor’s office, so it was very easy for me to do. She diagnosed me with stomach flu. I was relieved it wasn’t a possible infection or crohn’s disease. I was thinking the worst since this had never happened to me. If you listen to Ali On The Run podcast, you will understand why I was thinking of crohn’s disease 😉 (That’s my favorite podcast by the way).
What is the stomach flu?
It is a stomach virus or also known as gastroenteritis.
I’ve missed a few runs already.
This is the third time I get sick in a month and half. I can’t catch a break. I was sick with fever, cold, sore throat, and cough the first week of September. Then I was sick again this last week with chills, runny nose, cold, and a cough. Now, the stomach flu. Why must this all happened while marathon training? My first marathon is 3 months away.
I don’t think I’m overworking my body during training. I’ve been following a plan that increases miles very slowly and I’m not pushing hard either.
I talk about my marathon training plan in my most recent blog post.
To run or not run?
I missed a few training runs from the first two times I was sick and when I was driving home from work (I left early), I found myself asking myself if I should run a 7 mile run or rest?
My thinking was that I could run on the treadmill and use the bathroom when needed. The problem was that I needed the bathroom every 5 minutes and by the time I got home my body felt exhausted.
I found a great blog post that put some sense into me and convinced me to not run. I wish I could find it now to link to it, but I can’t find it.
It was a nightmare.
To top it off, our landlord had plumbers scheduled to come in to our apartment to fix an issue with the kitchen sink. After I got home, I used the bathroom several times and then I was told by the plumbers to not flush the toilet until further notice. What!? It was a nightmare.
I decided to not run, obviously. I was taking too many bathroom trips and I became very dehydrated despite drinking fluids. I started seeing black dots in my vision and having severe back pain. a 45 minutes nap helped a bit.
My mom, husband, and daughter were great by helping me feel better. I’m so lucky to have my mom live a minute away from us.
My mom made me some home remedies and Esteban with Elena went grocery shopping since I had that planed for Monday. We had no fresh fruits or veggies. My mom gave me estafiate tea which in English is called artemisia ludoviciana. She also gave me coke with lime juice. I will drink anything over medication.
Today is the next day (Tuesday) and I didn’t go to work. I was not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel last night and I informed my supervisor I wouldn’t be coming in today. The last two times, I did not give myself enough time to recover and I rushed back to work. That’s probably the reason why I kept getting sick. Today I slept in until almost 11am. It was very much needed. Elena was so proud for not waking me up. I had told her to not wake me in the morning. I saw she had woken up at 10:30am but went back to sleep and got up at around 11:20am.
As for running, I am so tempted to run the 7 miles I missed yesterday, but I won’t. I will probably walk a couple miles or rest. I didn’t run Sunday or Monday, and I don’t want to go a third day without doing anything because then it’s hard getting back into it mentally and sometimes physically during training. Considering I adjusted my training plan for a 3rd time, I want to stick to it as much as I can until marathon day.
Are you training for a race?
Have you every had the stomach flu during training?
What are you up to?
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