So naturally, woke up this morning feeling even worse than I did yesterday and I was worried about whether I should go running or not. However, I did some google fact-checking and came across an article in Runners World about running whilst being sick. “David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, and has run 58 marathons and ultras, uses the “neck rule.” Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.” Alas, my cold is causing runny nose, stuffiness and sneezing so I sucked it up and went out.
It was beautiful at Fish Creek Park. We saw a few people out but not nearly as many as at Glenmore Park. I did notice a lot of dog turds though – what’s with those people who walk their dogs but don’t pick up after them?! The run was a bit tough as I was feeling like crap; we had to stop a few times so I could clear my nose and throat (yeah, I know, gross…) We hit one good hill and I thought for sure I would have to call for someone to come pick us up, but we survived.
When we finished the run and were heading back to the park we saw Sgt. McGougan from the Calgary Police Service Mounted Unit. It was neat as a few months ago I met him over the phone while putting together the last pieces of the Calgary Stampede Parade Souvenir Program. Felix was very excited to pet Sgt. McGougans partner. We didn’t have long to visit, but he was kind enough to let us snap some pictures! We’re lucky to have our own mounted unit in the city!
All in all (and despite this darn cold) we’re happy to have the run behind us and it wasn’t the worst! Tomorrow is another tempo run which I’m not looking forward to but I’ve been drinking lots of water with lemon and hoping that tomorrow I’ll be feeling better and kick this cold square in the ass.
- Distance: 6.41 km
- Time: 43:36
- Pace/km: 6:48
- Best pace: 4:55