My planned Thursday 5k run got delayed to Friday, then on Saturday I went for an 11 mile tiring country hike. That evening I had chills, fever, aches and extreme exhaustion, basically flu-like symptoms. Spent the next 13 hours in bed. Feeling a lot better on Sunday morning but needless to say, I will not be doing my Sunday run! I don’t have the flu or a cold, though still low on energy.
I’ve googled ‘flu-like symptoms after strenuous exercise’ but the advice is confusing. Does this episode demonstrate the need for a rest day between exercise, especially for us older runners? Does anyone else get ill after a heavy workout, or missing rest days?
Any advice appreciated, thanks.