Well, the best laid plans sometimes don’t work out.  You train and train and then, one day when you have an important run or race planned, you are just plain sick.  Whether it’s a virus or a fever or just a cold, it happens to all of us.  That is why your running schedule should be flexible!  If you don’t feel well one day, you move your workout to another day.

Today I was supposed to run 18 miles in my last long run before the Boston Marathon.  But I woke up achy and with a fever.  So bag the run, move it until tomorrow.  That’s all.  Move on – don’t fret.  The key workouts in the week: long run, tempo, race, track workout.  Concentrate on those and if another run gets bumped, so be it.

A cold is different – in many ways, when I have a cold and I run, it opens my nose passages and I feel much better when I’m done.  But fevers, sicknesses, chicken pox – if your body is run down, just take a day off.  Even 4 days off with the flu will not kill your training if you are already in shape.  There are excellent electrolyte replacement drinks such as the Isagenix Replenish/Hydrate which I use.  So, end all, just drink a lot of fluids, get better and run tomorrow!

Happy Running

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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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