Sorry for the terrible rhyming title, but I needed something to liven up my post this week. Sadly the illness well and truly caught up with me and I had to take a complete week of rest. The only thing I did was one yoga class so I’m afraid there’s not much to include workout-wise this week, but my week in review should be there to share the good weeks and the bad weeks, so I’m still taking part in the weekly linkup with Jessie and Jess.
I’m really not kidding when I say it was a week of rest:
Monday – rest
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – Ashtanga yoga
Friday – rest
Saturday – rest
Sunday – rest
I’ll not take you through the details of every day as let’s face it, you can probably already see the pattern! Basically I went to work, came home and got comfortable to read or watch TV. Despite feeling better at the end of last week. on Monday I was treated to the beginnings of a chesty cough that stayed with me through the week.
On Thursday I thought a yoga class would be worth a try. As it turned out my teacher was absent and the teacher who was filling in taught in a rather different way, so the same sequence of asanas actually felt a bit more restful. Probably just what I needed. Thankfully I made it to the end of savasana before needing to cough so thought I was on the mend, but ended up having an awful coughing fit in the night and not sleeping very well.
As a result, I felt tired on Friday but knew I had to keep going as I was going to a colleague’s retiral dinner that night and it was important to me to be there. Although tired, I felt otherwise fine, but the cough sounded awful and people kept asking if I was ok. I could have done with an earlier night, but it was a lovely evening and the food was delicious. We had two courses plus a canapé and palate cleanse.
I had already decided to give parkrun a miss (I was supposed to be pacing) as I knew I shouldn’t be running, so had a more leisurely start to the day. Steve and I had cinema tickets for later in the morning as our local cinema was showing our favourite Christmas film, Elf!
The remainder of the day was really restful then we were out again in the evening as I had booked a meal to celebrate Steve’s birthday. I felt much better than the night before, despite still coughing, and really enjoyed the food – a 5 course tasting menu.
On Sunday I knew I was going to rest again and had grand plans to maybe walk to the gym to sit in the steam room for a bit. As it turns out, things worked out a little differently…
I awoke quite early as I was coughing and lay in bed for a bit catching up on some vlogs I wanted to watch…until I fell asleep again. Steve had been out and when he got home called out to me. When I didn’t answer he assumed I was out until he found me fast asleep in bed. At noon! I got up about an hour later but to be honest I felt awful and spend all my time in my comfy chair watching TV. My 500+ step streak came to an end 😦 I knew I was only going to give up the streak if I was incapacitated by injury or too ill to go out for a walk, so that maybe gives you an idea of how I was feeling. It was still disappointing to end the streak though.
I guess after working all week my body finally gave up and succumbed to whatever bug this is. I’m not a great patient as I’m rarely ill and hate feeling like this. As someone who is generally healthy and fit, it’s hard to find that climbing the stairs is such a drain, but I’m listening carefully to my body and making sure I recover properly. Fingers crossed it’s soon…!
Any remedies for a chesty cough?
What’s your favourite Christmas film?