Having been very run down with what turned out to be summer flu, I just wanted to list a few things I can't WAIT to do once I have turned the corner and the fog has lifted.
1. Run. Oh, I can't wait to run again. Even if it's just to the end of the road and back. It's only been a week and I miss it so. I miss that incredible high, the marriage of breath and movement that when you get it right feels so amazing, the tunes of my favourite music that make me smile with memories of when I've trained or raced to them before, the smell of grass and rain on the pavement, the utter buzz you get from having pushed yourself, even if it's very slightly. Oh, I can't wait.
2. Yoga. At the moment, doing downward dog has resulted in both my nostrils getting clogged and almost choking. I had just started a morning ritual of 10 Salute to the Sun vinyasas too. It all went out the window when I couldn't even get out of bed and shavasana (corpse pose - fitting!) was the best I could do.
3. Eating salads and raw vegetables and really lovely healthy stuff again. I don't know what it is about being ill but I just have to eat whatever is warm and comforting, if I eat at all. Tom calls me a "raving lunatic" for not wanting to eat when I am at the height of the flu and my nose is blocked because I can't taste anything and hence I am deprived of the main joy of eating. I just find my appetite disappears. If I can't taste it I don't see the point :P I keep myself hydrated with lots of water, herbal tea and might even splash out on orange juice. My mouth has been so dry I ended up drinking all my Lucozades which I normally earmark for my running! I have eaten soup, soup and more soup. And Marmite on toast. And bliss balls. Today I managed porridge. But that's about it.
Yes, I bought Marmite. I feel like I'm cheating on Vegemite. But it's very nice.
4. Burn things in my oil burner other than Olbas oil. My home has been well and truly disinfected but it now smells like a house that has been fending off the plague. Which it has.
5. Cuddle our neighbour's newborn baby girl. She was born on Thursday, home on the Friday and we went over to see her (me in my dressing gown - luckily they didn't care!) but I could only admire her from afar. She was so small and so sweet. Once I am sniffle free they won't be able to keep me away :)
6. Smelling things. In general. Other than Olbas oil ;)
It's true what they say - you don't realise what a gift good health and being able to do absolutely anything is until you get struck down. I'm so happy it seems to be on it's way out now!
That is all. Hope you are happy, healthy and bug free :)
What are your tips for surviving the flu, be it summer, winter or somewhere in between?