On Running While Sick

No recipe today! I figure you won’t want one while reading this post anyways 😉

I rarely get sick, so when I saw/felt a rash on my ribcage I thought it was just a heat rash. We have new shirts that we’re required to wear while waitressing and they are extremely hot! I’ve never really had a heat rash, I just randomly assumed that that’s what the cause of the painful and itchy rash was. Wrong;

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.

While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.

Mayo Clinic

Shingles? What?! I’ll spare you the pictures in this post because they are not at all pretty and if you are dying to see what they look like, Google is only a click away.

If I were to go back and guess which one of us would get shingles, I would probably say Elysia.  She’s had mono a gazillion times (which isn’t supposed to be possible) and it seems like that girl is always getting sick. Then there’s shingles in general.  As my Grandma said to me; “Don’t you know only old people are supposed to get Shingles?”. Well Grandma, tell that to my body.

I really didn’t know what Shingles was up until a few days ago and wish that I still didn’t. Since I thought that it was a heat rash I didn’t go to the doctor until a few days after the blisters appeared. Frustrating enough, this meant that it was too late to get the medication to ‘shorten the infection’. So right now I’m waiting.. and thinking about taking up the advice of my mom’s coworker by hitting up the local liquor store.

Because this has been painful, I haven’t gone to work all week, I’m not sure if I could handle the movement of carrying trays and working in a stifling hot shirt.  However, I feel like a hypocrite because I have gone for a couple of runs.. On the other hand, when I run I don’t feel the pain or the itchiness so it is a time of release from it all. Therein is my justification; that’s a legit reason right? I just know that if I need to stop running, I can, whereas I would feel bad leaving the restaurant one waitress short if I felt ill there.

As far as running with other sicknesses goes, I’ve heard that if your symptoms are above the neck, you’re good to go as long as you feel up to it and aren’t running a fever. I know that for those of you who are runners or exercise enthusiasts, you probably understand the drive to continue running, even when ill. I’m certainly not a doctor so obviously you should decide for yourself what is right for you and do as your body tells you. It’s definitely important to listen to your body and back off when you feel fatigue or pain. Don’t push it too hard, even though it may be tempting!

What about you? Do you run when you’re ill? Has anyone had Shingles and want to give me advice on how to ease the itching and pain? I wish that I could just keep running and running until they go away..


4 thoughts on “On Running While Sick

  1. You keep running! You know I KNOW what you are talking about. It is a release like you said and the feeling of shingles not taking over you ENTIRELY! I didn’t have shingles but cancer! I kept running. Just meditate when the pain gets bad. Put in music close your eyes and rest or run!!!!!! Praying for fast recovery! LOVE YOU!

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