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Running post covid
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lechatnoir · 09/04/2022 17:28

I had covid a month ago, nothing significant - 3 days of heavy cold/proper fatigue but gradually improved and by day 7 I was negative and felt fine. Where I am still struggling is getting back into running - I did an 8km on day 9 that felt quite tiring so had a couple of days off and dropped to 5km which was fine (albeit annoying as I was training for a half marathon so up to 12km quite comfortable) but then had a full on work week so struggled with time but would usually fit a run in somewhere - I've lost my mojo and not been out once in the past 2 weeks Sad.

Could be completely unrelated but either way I want to get back on it - any tips? Anyone else found it hard work post covid?

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LordEmsworth · 09/04/2022 19:52

I had Covid last July and I still haven't quite got my speed back. Like you say, it might be coincidence - but before then I was getting faster, and since then I haven't managed to run as fast at all; and I struggled with the distances I was doing (not half-marathon but pre-covid, that was my intention to work towards it!). I am getting it back but slowly...

No tips other than keep plugging away, don't be too hard on yourself, and go back to your basics. I am having more rest days now, but I make sure that I don't go more than 2 days without at least a short run; I've focussed on hills & speedwork to try to get my speed up, and then started to increase the distance. As I say I am getting there but it is painfully slow I am afraid...

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Timeandtune · 09/04/2022 19:55

This is definitely me. Had COVID mid February and really haven’t been the same since. Have been out twice weekly rather than 5 times a week and can’t run without stopping.
Am hoping the better weather/ lighter nights will help.

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NeedAHoliday2021 · 09/04/2022 20:01

I’ve been told to wait 12 weeks before running again. I’ve been quite unwell with it - mostly headache and tiredness. Cough was hardly anything and only a few coughs at the start but now, on day 14 I’m out of breath walking up the high street despite being able to run 10k and usually running 2 5ks a week at around 30 minutes or just under. It’s surprised me how much it’s hit me when I’m usually fit and healthy abs everyone keeps banging on and it being a mild cold. Mind you, my 95 year old grandmother only had a slight snuffle. It’s so weird but I hate hearing the minimising by those who’ve had it mildly and can’t comprehend it’s not the same for others.

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NeedAHoliday2021 · 09/04/2022 20:02

I should add, I’ve been told to up my weight training so I can get back to cardio when my lungs are better. Swimming is also an option.

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sinpan · 10/04/2022 20:38

I had covid in August and it took me 4-6 weeks to get back my full running form

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EgonSpengler2020 · 10/04/2022 20:47

I am 4 weeks post Covid. Mild (1.5 days fluctuating temperature, fatigue, occasional cough) but ended up with ulcers in my throat after (which was a whole new unpleasent experiences) which lasted until end of week 3.

I have been back indoor climbing this week a couple of times and was fine doing what I normally do, and have been walking up the mountain behind where I live since the end of week 2. I feel that I'm ready to start running again, but it's the school holidays now, so not sure I will get much oppurtunity for the next 2 weeks, but a couple of extra weeks rest probably won't do me any harm.

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BogRollBOGOF · 11/04/2022 09:16

Standard colds will often hit performance for a few weeks anyway. I've found it useful to order a peak flow monitor to help guage the health of my chest.

An over-use injury is my main issue but I've had Covid at least once since Christmas so I'm having to train little and often. I can't tell whether it's loss of fitness or been Covid-related. Plus it's now hayfever season. My chest feels tighter than usual.

If you're needing to build distance but don't have usual stamina, try "Jeffing" with run/ walk intervals to reduce effort on breathing/ HR.

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Forestcantrun · 11/04/2022 21:37

Took me 10 weeks post covid to be able to run at all. I gave myself 2 weeks to get to 5km on my return to running. The really cold weather still flattens me but I'm back faster than ever now thankfully.

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lechatnoir · 12/04/2022 11:57

Thanks interesting to hear different experiences. I managed a 7km on Sunday without any set back and a slow 5km today so just going to tick along sub 10km with rest days in between until I feel back to full fitness. Very frustrating (& so random!)

Take care all

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trailrunner85 · 15/04/2022 19:34

The key for me was pushing myself out of the sluggishness and not letting it "win." I was really quite ill with Covid but felt well enough to go for a walk on day 10 and a run a couple of days later. It felt hard but I wonder if that was to do with having such a long period without any exercise, and being pretty much bed-bound.
Anyway, I got back into my usual routine and by a month post Covid I was running long distances again, at the same pace I was beforehand.

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soulinablackberrypie · 12/05/2022 16:26

I had Covid just over a month ago. I didn't have it very badly - a slight cough and runny nose for about 4-5 days, no headache or temperature at all, but tested positive for at least 7 days (I didn't have enough tests to test every day, but was negative by day 10). I didn't run at all for over 2 weeks while positive or "might be positive" and the first time I ran again was a 5k distance which might have felt a bit harder than usual, but I couldn't be sure whether that was anything to do with the virus or just the fact that I hadn't run for 2 weeks. I'm doing a half marathon in late June and had worked up to about 17k before that interruption. Now I think I might be caught up in a vicious circle. I started out thinking I mustn't push myself too soon, but am probably losing fitness by not doing so - the longest run I've done recently was about 11k. I'm not feeling unhealthy in any way at all, just can't seem to motivate myself to bump up the distance again.

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