They say that there are two things in life that are unavoidable: death and taxes (a very old expression that can be traced back to a writer called Christopher Bullock in 1716). However, I would add another to make it three, viruses. The virus is a nasty piece of work and those common ones at large in our world range from the common cold, to full-on flue and all sorts of variations in between. I am of the belief that a good standard of fitness helps your resistance to many of these but I find that once in a while, I still succumb. As a runner I find it harder to cope because I not only feel rubbish, but I can’t participate in the sport I love and see everyone else having fun without me. It’s really frustrating because I am usually a person “full of beans” and for example, will quite happily go out to run 10K before breakfast. To suddenly find myself in a position that even remaining standing for a few minutes is a struggle and simply wanting to lie down for a bit is immensely frustrating.
It’s three weeks now since I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and thought that maybe I would be struggling with a cold for a few days. I wouldn’t describe what I have as flu because I’ve had that and it’s a different matter entirely. However, I have had a general lack of energy and an annoying cough (which I saw the Doctor about to check it wasn’t an infection). Although I am on the road to recovery, what is annoying is that to finally shake off all the symptoms and be energetic enough to go out for a run, is going to take a little longer than I thought and I need to be patient.
I think that with an active lifestyle, anything that brings you down is more impactful because you miss what you ought to be able to do. For me, July as a running month is a complete write-off and I realise it may take some time to get back to full fitness. My goal to do at least 100 miles every month during 2019 won’t be achieved. However. I am not going to be too downhearted because I am very thankful for all that I have, my fitness and abilities, with the knowledge that this thing will soon pass. You can’t go through life completely avoiding these things and so you have to take it on the chin every so often. I am so glad that this didn’t happen to me during my 10K-a-day challenge in June, because that really would have been annoying.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”