Today I should the first day of my Christmas leave. I have booked 2weeks of annual leave, but with bank holidays I get nearly 3weeks off. Yay!!!!! I have been so looking forwards to it. One of my many plans was to run every day, or at least 5 days a week, just half an hour. I was planning a slow running boost to get me ready for new year.
instead, 3days ago I developed a chest infection, the like of which I haven’t had for years. No headcold, sore throat, sinusitis, runny nose (what I would normally get) no, this is proper bronchitis, chesty cough and would you believe it lost my voice. Yesterday the nurses at work offered to check my temperature and BP because I looked ‘pale but flushed’ and ‘a bit ropey'(medical terminology) I declined (like the old school doctor that I am) on the grounds that if the investigation wasn’t going to change the management plan (I was planning to finish the clinic) it wasn’t worth wasting time doing it.
So now I’m awake, early morning, day off and no running 😥😥😥 Not even a lie in as the coughing keeps you awake😠 I’m thinking about giving it a try, maybe wrap up warm and do a 5k walk instead but How long will it take to get better?
I do appreciate that one needs to be able to breathe in order to run, but when can I start again?
I was just getting into it routine wise with the treadmill and I don’t want to lose the momentum.
I can see that I’m just going to have to man up and do some on line Christmas shopping instead.
How long would you expect a chest infection to keep you away from easy running? Please share your experience!