Flipping Flu!

Hi Everyone! I graduated a few weeks ago and had two weeks of running every other day instead of three times a week. making every third run 5k and sticking to 30 minutes for my others. but then last Wednesday I got struck by flu and I've been in bed ever since. Just wondering if anyone has any advice for getting back in the swing of things after illness? I'm still bed bound right now but should I go out as soon as I'm up and about or leave it a while? Any tips or cheerful thoughts much appreciated!


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  • Just go out when you feel ready. One of the benefits of regular exercise is that you get to know and understand your body better. Have a gentle run out when you feel a bit better - and it's a bit warmer! You're bound to feel the after effects for a while, but just build up gently again and you will be fine. It's just a temporary blip. Get well soon!

  • I had just started Week 9 when I came down with it a few weeks back, I ended up taking a week off and dreaded my reattempt but it turned out there was no need to worry funnily enough. Had planned on just doing whatever I could manage thinking it would be nowhere near 30 minutes but I did it and had a little left in the tank so a short bout of time off as you've had shouldn't make a huge difference but I'd say put your shoes on when you're ready, head out with a short distance in mind and if you go further that's great. Either way it won't take long to be back where you want to be :-)

  • Get well soon! xxx

  • Take as long as you need to fully recover before trying to run again. Proper flu really takes it out of you, and you won't be able to run until you're completely better. Don't worry, even if you find you've lost some fitness when you eventually get back out there- you'll soon get it back again. Take care :)

  • Thanks guys. Hopefully I can get back o b track soon. Until then it'd just me and netflix.

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