5 Reasons it was Good to Be Sick

Let’s clarify that: why it was good to be sick before my half. I know being sick doesn’t sound like a good thing, but you’d be surprised — sometimes it just might be a blessing in disguise. Although it’s always better to be healthy!

I actually had a completely different post about 75% done, but then this popped into my mind, and it sort of fits in with the fitness theme for this week’s Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the RunAnd it’s just what’s been on my mind — I guess subconsciously, I was working on this post!

Let’s look at the obvious first
And that would be that obviously it’s better to be sick before your race than during your race.

It helped me to up my fluid intake
When I’m sick, I make more of an effort to drink a lot of fluids. I’m usually pretty good on a daily basis, but I really step it up when I’m sick. Lots of tea and soup.

That behavior can probably be traced back to the time I got so dehydrated from a fever I passed out. I almost ended up in the hospital!

Hydrating well before a half marathon is a good thing.

It helped me to take much needed rest
Since all my halfs are racecations, there’s just always a ton going on before I even leave. Thankfully I wasn’t so sick that I couldn’t move, so I was still walking Lola, I managed to get my runs in, but I’d do something, then I’d lay down and watch tv. I was definitely getting in way more rest than I normally do.

I also caught up with Gray’s Anatomy — I hadn’t watched the episodes I taped since March.

I’m still trying to take it a little bit easier, but there’s a ton of stuff to do. Before 9 am this morning I:

  • Got Mr. Judy’s breakfast together
  • Fed myself and the animals
  • Cleaned the kitchen
  • Emptied the dishwasher
  • Walked Lola
  • Dusted downstairs
  • Vacuumed downstairs
  • Emptied and cleaned a litterbox

And I have a lot more to do today! But I’ll be laying down and resting again for a bit after I post this blog.

It helped me to eat clean
I know a lot of people tend to go for comfort food when they’re sick, but I tend to clean up my act when I’m sick. Up the freggies, lower the sugar, stick to whole foods as much as possible.

This is never a bad thing.

It helped me to drop some weight
I know what you’re thinking: it’s all water weight and it’s just going to come right back on. Well, it probably will come right back on, but only because I will be traveling and eating out and running a half.

I wasn’t so sick that I lost my appetite, but I wasn’t as hungry. Right now I’m back to normal, back to eating normally, and almost back to exercising normally. And over the last couple of weeks I dropped a couple of pounds to my lowest weight in at least 15 years.

I think some of it actually had to do with Passover and the fact that I took oatmeal out of my diet completely for a week. When I saw what that did for me, I still had oatmeal before my long run last week, but I did try to continue to cut back on the oatmeal and continue to concentrate on whole foods, freggies, and less sugar.

Since I lost weight two weeks in a row, I don’t think it was water weight. And I know running always feels better when I’m at a good weight. The challenge now will be to continue to try to eat clean on the road.

I’m pretty sure I’ll gain some weight while I’m away, and I won’t lie — it makes me a little sad, since I’m just 1 1/2 lbs away from where I want to be. But that’s life, and I’d rather travel and run my half then let my weight take over my life.

 What sorts of foods to you turn towards when you’re sick?

 How do you eat healthy when you’re traveling?

35 thoughts on “5 Reasons it was Good to Be Sick

    1. I don’t get sick a lot, either — this was the first time in over a year, and thankfully it was rather mild.

      Sometimes I don’t feel well, but there’s a difference between that & laryngitis!

      Enjoy your weekend, too. I’d enjoy mine a whole lot better if we could get some sunshine — the weather SUCKED this week!


  1. I am the same way! I eat only super good foods when I am sick. I’m glad you are seeing being sick from a positive angle. I usually get really down in the dumps and sad when I get sick before a race. I’m glad you are feeling better. Good luck on your race!!!


  2. Being at a light weight always helps me have a great race! It that extra boost for me.
    Your morning of caring for animals is like mine lol it takes a lot of time!
    I hope you have a fun trip and a great race 🙂

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  3. No offense. I can’t think of any good things about being sick. I am glad that I rarely get sick. Even if I do feel like crap, I go to work. I only take time off for vacations.

    Speaking of vacations, I have an 8 day one coming up. No time to get ready – have 4 races before I leave. At least I’m flying so I can’t take a lot.

    Glad you’re feeling better and those extra rest days helped you recover.

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      1. Too easy to gain weight. So it’ll be interesting traveling together. 🙂

        You already know it’s not that I never treat myself — obviously, I can eat! But I also want to maintain my weight. It’s tricky, but it’s worth it.


      2. They’ll be 6 of us and anyone can order healthy or not healthy in a restaurant. I’m sure they’ll be a lot of eating out.

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    1. I can still take a lot even if I fly. 🙂

      Thankfully we’re not flying THIS time. Next time. And sometimes we’re visiting multiple states with multiple climates, and that’s a real challenge (actually, we’ll be staying in VT & ME for this one).

      I haven’t had any vacation since my last half. In Oct. In that was only a long weekend!


  4. I think I gained weight from Passover. Ya know, all the matzah, farfel, and matzah ball soup… Haha. I’m glad you’re sick before your race, too. Continue resting, lady!! xxoo

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    1. I usually do gain weight over Passover, but I don’t eat a lot of matzo (just like I don’t eat a lot of bread) — being sick did help, too.

      So this time I actually had a good weight loss over Passover, despite matzo brei 3 x!


  5. What a great way to turn a negative into a positive!! As I’ve been sick this past week, the only thing I’ve been able to force down has been toast with butter and jelly once a day. And juice. So, yes, I prefer comfort food. But this oatmeal thing… what’d I miss? I’m catching up now. Are you thinking oatmeal might be hindering your progress? If it is, then I’m taking your cue and will stick to eggs… 😛

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    1. I wasn’t so sick that I couldn’t eat, thankfully.

      It was Passover that week, so I couldn’t eat oatmeal (no grains or flour).

      I’m not sure that that contributed to my weight loss the last couple of weeks — there was a lot of factors, there always is — but the whole Paleo movement is based on most people’s problems/insensitivities to gluten.

      I’m not Paleo, and I’m not ditching oatmeal (I had it twice yesterday, once in overnight oats, once in pancake form), but it was a nudge that maybe I was overdoing the oats.

      Everybody is different and every BODY is different. It’s about finding what works for you — and being willing to experiment.


  6. This is the best silver lining post ever! I do think it’s good to get over my sickness pre-race. Usually I get sick around taper time and am JUST getting better on race day. To be honest though, it’s been so long since I’ve been actually sick with anything stronger than a cold that I can’t remember my favorite comfort foods! (Knock on wood.) I think I used to like eggs-in-a-basket when I was younger.

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    1. Eggs in a basket are not comfort food to me. Eggs are not comfort food to me! Although they’re good when you’re sick.

      I don’t get sick a lot, but it still happens. I’m blaming the lack of vacations . . .


  7. It’s crazy but I almost always get sick during the taper before a marathon…at least in the last 3 anyway but fortunately it has been with over a week to go so I have just enough time to recover. No idea what causes it…maybe it’s the sudden drop in training after pushing hard for so many weeks combined with the stress of worrying about getting sick, or something, or probably just bad timing…who knows! As you know, we like to travel and race and it will almost certainly happen before a racecation trip. I try to keep it knocked down with vitamin overload, zicam, soup, ramen, and hydration. Maybe, I’ll add some eggs on toast next time!!

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      1. yeah, i know huh…when i get sick, i’ll often reach for it…no idea why!! i think it’s the vitamin and hydration overload that really helps me.


  8. Sorry to read you were sick. No fun but I agree, so much better to be sick BEFORE your race.
    I took full advantage of all the Italian food on our vacation without one ounce of guilt. Now I am going to clean up my diet and drop a few pounds before I start training for NY.

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  9. Glad you are feeling better….it’s true that when you’re sick you have no choice but to get in all the fluids and rest, I totally agree that that is a benefit at least! I hope you enjoy your racecation!

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