These past 2 weeks have been long ones for me – I have been sick, unable to join my friends and feeling guilty about my upcoming marathon.  On Monday the 26th I started feeling my throat during the afternoon.  By Tuesday evening, I was feeling tired and had a headache, so I decided to stay at home for the day.   By the next morning, I was achy and went to the doctor, who tested me for both the flu and for strep throat.  While both tests came out negative, I was not feeling any better, even after taking Tamiflu as a precaution because my family had already had the flu.  I spent all day Friday and most of Saturday sleeping with on-and-off fevers.

I had a hard mile repeat workout planned during the week and a 20-mile run on the weekend.    Both scrapped…..  Finally by Monday I felt a little better and went for a 10-mile run.  Sporadically during the week I ran and I did feel better for my 13 miler over the weekend a couple of days ago.  I felt very guilty about missing all those days but the bottom line is that my body needed the rest.  I had to allow it time to recover.

What kind of experiences have you had while being sick and not able to run?

Trials of Miles,

Coach Nick

Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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