Monday, March 5, 2012

Sidelined: I have Bronchitis

Watching runners go by....sigh
As a runner, I've been known to do lots of ill-advised things.  There was the time where I decided "oh, that pain in my ankle will probably work itself out over the next 15 miles" - ending the run not only with a strained tendon in my ankle but also a sore opposing knee from compensating.

Of course, most of the ill-advised times have to do with the  "gamble".  The Gamble is when I argue with myself if I should duck into the bushes or actually try to make it to the McDonalds and risk getting whatever is on THAT toilet seat.  Sunday, was one of those days.  You see on Sunday, I ran with (at the time) undiagnosed bronchitis.

When I decided I'd run, I went through the normal checks that everyone else goes through. WebMD said that I either had a brain tumor or some form of herpes. Sure, I had a slight cough, but it wasn't too bad and my chest was essentially clear.  Why wouldn't I go for a quick "test run"?  What is the worst that could happen?  I have a pretty good loop that I can do that is 7 miles and a nice out and back that is 15.  I had really good intentions of calling it quits whenever my lungs said "ouch" and started burning like when Snookie pees.  Around 3 or so miles I knew that I wasn't 100% so I decided to cut it short and just do the 7 mile loop. See!?  I was smart.

Ah, but when I finished!!  When I stopped I realized that I was high on nature's sweet sweet candy - endorphins.  I started to cough, spit, solve Europe's debt crisis and maybe even curse. This was bad. A few hours later I had a fever and I drug my butt to the doctor. Bronchitis.

Now, I'm not sure of exactly what bronchitis is, but if TV and the internet have taught me anything it involves cute little cartoon blobs that seem like a mix between an 80s sitcom plumber and a 90s sitcom building super. I'm pretty sure these little guys move into my lungs and threaten to tell Phoebe that Chandler actually broke her smelly cat guitar.  Hil-ar-ious!


So, just like throughout most of elementary school - I'm sitting on the sidelines during kick ball.  NO RUNNING.  I'm going to take off 2-3 days off, hit it hard then. Maybe?  Of course, I'm not sure what this means about the 5K that I had planned this weekend.  Honestly, I'll probably still do it.  I'm too hopped up on steroids and antibiotics to know any better.  I will admit that I am very concerned that this little blip will butterfly effect it's way into my marathon training.  7 weeks and counting!  Eek!


25 comments:

TriMOEngr said...

Feel better soon!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I feel ya. I had a 7 week sinus infection that got in the way of two marathons! Get well - and get all the way well before picking up the mileage again.

Char said...

My son got bronchitis frequently when he was younger. It was the technicolour phlegm that was always the dead give-away. Yum! But antibiotics always worked their magic and the steroids will keep your airways open. You'll be feeling better in no time.

Shannon said...

That stinks. Hope you feel better soon. If it helps make you feel better (doubt it, but here it is), I ran a half marathon the morning after 24 hours of fever and chills. Running while sick is not fun, but - if it doesn't kill you - it does make a good story later. There's always a silver lining.

Jamoosh said...

Dude, that blows. Sadly, I cannot recommend beer to speed your recovery.

Half-Crazed Runner said...

Luv the SNL "Snookalike". Feel better - I drink the Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Immune Support Tea. I feel this tea really helps me. (Note: caution on the box for allergy sufferers.)

Meghan said...

Yikes! Feel better - new reader to your blog here. When you are coughing - they advise against any cardio as it can aid in the cough developing into bronchitis. So I take some mucinex and let it clear - then I am good to go. You should be fine for your 5K!

Jeff Irvin said...

Same thing put me down last year around this time. Z-Pack away dude! Best you don't run this weekend. The rest actually will do you more good than you think.

Runners Fuel said...

Rest, rest, rest. It's difficult, but best. Get better soon!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

ugh! Feel better soon! I've had bronchitis and I know I've been told once you have it, you're susceptible to getting it again.

Julie said...

I found your blog yesterday. Hope you feel better soon!

kilax said...

I hope you feel better soon!

(I would probably still do the 5K too :))

Suz and Allan said...

Sorry you've got bronchitis! Feel better!

Katie said...

i'm pretty sure steroids are great for training. see if you can get refills all the way to marathon day?

Theia said...

Feel better!

Redhead Running said...

I hope you get to feeling better buddy! Getting the plague is no fun!

Jason said...

a post with Snookie and the characters from Friends is all I need to make me laugh uncontrollably.

Run the 5K and then you have a 5K with Bronchitis PR.....boom!

Now go lift some weights with the steroids your taking.

pensive pumpkin said...

I hope you're nicer on the 'roids than my Chevalier. I've been known to leave him in other towns to avoid the wrath.

Get better soon. And color me impressed that you are still funny when you feel that bad.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Feel better!

Kayla said...

Hope you feel better soon! When I had it, I pushed aside running except for the 10k I was signed up for (maybe not the smartest idea since it was in the snow and cold). Bronchitis stinks! Hope you get over it faster than I did!

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Get well soon!

Brendan said...

You know the rule about running when you're sick -- if it's above the shoulders, you're OK to run, if it's below the shoulders, stay home. About two years ago, I ran a half marathon when I had a slight cough. The next day I had pneumonia. My doctor still thinks I'm crazy.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I can't give you a hard time for running with a cough since I did the same. But guess what? You will get better and antibiotics rock!

Kathy said...

So I am guessing that when you were at teh docs you also talked to them about your AFib (or whatever your heart is doing) and got a referral. RIGHT????

Angela said...

You are SO funny. Witty. Sitting out is the worst!