It happens sometimes, you get sick.  Sometimes you can run through it, sometimes you can’t.  Typically if you can breathe OK you can probably run with a little cold or upset stomach. I prefer the treadmill when I’m not sure because it makes it easier to stop if you need to.

I smoked a lot for a long time. While I quit smoking 10 years ago, I most likely did permanent damage to my lungs.  I tend to catch colds that turn into upper respiratory infections. This time I ended up with really bad bronchitis. It took a month to get back to semi normal and I ended up with going through a round of antibiotics, an inhaler, and then a round of steroids , not the kind where you get swole 🙁  . So it was a long time before I could breathe well enough to run.  I tried a couple of times, and the coughing fits were enough to convince me to stop.

After I started feeling well enough to run, I ran daily and was seeing some real improvements in my speed.  Then, I got sick again… Happens sometimes. I got pretty down about not being able to run again and for so long. I kinda gave up for a bit. So now after 6 weeks I’m ready to start again. I have a new job where they have cross-fit and yoga at lunch time. I started back with cross-fit and it was nice enough to make every single muscle cry for a week. I went for my first run again after 6 weeks and even though it was only 1.5 miles, it felt good to get back out there.  Two days later I ran 2.25 miles and while I’m a little sore, its not nearly as bad as when I started running.

The biggest surprise was that I really enjoyed it and found I had missed the time spent running. I am looking forward to keeping on keeping on.

What stops you from running sometimes?