Weekly Workout Report: Sick Edition

January 15, 2023

So I ended up getting A’s illness. Yesterday morning I had a mild cough but otherwise felt fine and had no difficulties on my long run, which was completed in glorious mid-40s temperatures (such a rare treat!).

And then like 6 hours later, this happened:

no wonder I felt like C’s soccer game felt colder than Montana


A is now starting to feel better, and I spent most of today lying down — napping + plowing through Mrs. Everything which I ended really liking. At the moment, I have enough ibuprofen + acetaminophen coursing through my veins that I feel decent enough to sit upright and type this. (Or maybe I’m getting better? Crossing fingers.)

Josh has been on call but has been able to help with some stuff and the kids have been overall decent; they are now on devices and the house is quiet and they even made lunch:

Anyway. Obviously I didn’t work out today. But here’s the rest of the week! Weather has been so refreshing.

M: 5 miles, ~3 with my friend; 9:25/mi average. 60F

T: 4 miles, 9:38/mi ave. 58F + 30 min full body strength (Rad Lopez; this was HARD and included something like ‘devil’s pushups’ or something that I have no desire to ever do again)

W: 6 mi super relaxed pace run, 10:49/mi. HR stayed under 150 for this which is hard for me to accomplish on most runs. 51F.

R: 9 mi total including 8 x 800m @ paces ranging from 8:11 to 8:37/mi; 200m jogs between each, plus 2 mi warmup and cooldown. This was a little faster than my plan called for and I felt good about this workout! 59F the start and 70F at the end ( <– what happens when you don’t run before dawn in FL)

F: 30 min strength – Andy Speer full body. Liked this one! Lots of split squats, presses, pushups, some core.

S: 12 mi long run average 10:15/mi, and an unintentional progression run (earlier miles closer to 10:40 pace and ended at 9:30 pace). 45F. And I was feeling smug about not getting A’s illness . . . oh well.

S: Absolutely nothing

Total mileage: 36

Total strength: 2 x 30 minute sessions

(At least any thoughts of a 2023 exercise streak can be banished! Streaks stress me out anyway . . .)

My personal policy is never to run with a fever (and medicated normal temps do not qualify, either). So we will see when I can head out again. My guess is Tuesday. I wonder if I have the flu (COVID test was neg).


  • Reply Omdg January 15, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Boo. I’d test again for Covid tomorrow just in case, but regardless it sucks to be sick. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 15, 2023 at 4:50 pm

      Tested both Annabel + me at height of illness and quite literally half her class has currently the same thing and everyone has tested at home and is neg – I just wish someone had gotten a viral panel to see what it actually is . . .

      • Reply Gwinne January 15, 2023 at 8:51 pm

        Feel better ! Influenza a was going around school here too

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 15, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      update: someone just posted to class list that their kid had same fever and it was flu A. So I guess that is the probable culprit. We did get flu vaccines but I know not every strain is covered. Or maybe this is the attenuated version . . .

  • Reply coco January 15, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    sorry to hear that. when I get fever, I don’t run, when I have stuffed nose or headache, I do because it helps. hope you feel better now.
    over the weekend when kids were playing/fighting at home, I lost my temper, I remember you had them on devises when you want quiet time. I was about to adopt. hahaha…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 15, 2023 at 5:29 pm

      yep, that’s basically my policy. runny nose/mild cough – fine to run. fever – nope. body already working hard and run would probably be miserable.

  • Reply maxine January 15, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Not sure about the local epidemiology there, but we are seeing less Flu A, some Flu B (milder), human metapneumovirus and adenovirus…take your pick! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  • Reply Lily January 16, 2023 at 12:38 am

    January illness is the worst! Today was my first day back at work after a lovely vacation, and I was feeling so optimistic about a fresh start, but by lunchtime I had a terribly sore throat. Really hoping I can shake it off fast and get back to those new year vibes!

  • Reply CBS January 16, 2023 at 2:48 am

    Oh no! That’s a quick onset. T woke up with the sniffles yesterday and sounds worse today, but I’m hoping it’s fairly mild. My in laws are here, and driving me up the wall, I don’t think I can handle a sick kid on top of that.

    It snowed overnight so I’m going to take him out for a walk on the crunchy snow shortly, for my very scientific cold air cure…

  • Reply CZ January 16, 2023 at 9:13 am

    I recently had flu a, despite having the shot and it was miserable! It took me two weeks to feel completely better, although I was able to go back to work after a week. In retrospect, I wish I’d gone to urgent care and gotten Tamiflu as soon as I started feeling bad. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 16, 2023 at 10:22 am

      I just got a flu test thinking at least if i know for sure, could consider tamiflu for other family members but i think it’s too late for me (today day 3?)

  • Reply Jami H. January 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

    We’re in the same boat. My 9 year old has had a fever for a couple of days (also COVID negative). It feels disappointing to have to spend a long weekend in the house. Any suggestions for passing the time? I’m going to try to tackle some organizing projects but…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 16, 2023 at 10:22 am

      yesterday we did nothing – I was too sick to be bored, honestly. Kids played, cleaned up, and had screen time from 1 pm on.

      baking projects can be good. today i MIGHT have enough energy to make banana muffins.

  • Reply Lis January 16, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Feel better!

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