Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sick or DOMS?

Let's play a little game called "sick or DOMS?"! 

Ha, just kidding. Sorta. 

I had a hard workout on Monday. I did things like pistol squats (one legged squats), weighted push-ups (25lb weight on my back) and box jumps. I made a serious mistake in telling my trainer that the previous workout didn't leave me "that sore". Inside she as going "mwahahahaha! I'll show her!" That night I woke up in the night going "whoa, I am SORE." I felt okay during the day on Tuesday, soreness wise, and ran three miles after work. Last night though I was ready to go to bed at about 7:30, which is only about 1/2 an hour earlier than I am usually ready to go to bed (not kidding). Again I woke up in the night very sore on every square inch of my body, my cranky IT band and knee were especially throbby (boo). 

When I woke up this morning my chest was congested and I felt like I had done over-head presses with a bus full of kindergartners the day before. Not good. While I laid in bed debating whether or not I could meet my friend at the gym at 9:30 I seriously could not tell if I had a serious case of DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) or I was, indeed, getting sick. When walking my kids to the bus stop in the morning left me ready for a nap, I figured it was the later. I cancelled the workout, I cancelled my volunteer gig at my daughter's school and I laid on the couch all day sucking up every supplement I could get my germy paws on and watching The Carrie Diaries on Hulu Plus (such a cute show!). 

I have to wonder, though, would I be this sore if I hadn't worked so hard with the weights on Monday? Who knows! The ibuprofen isn't even touching the aches, though. Ugh. 

At any rate, I am terrible ill person. I rarely get sick and I like to whine about it and medicate away every twinge of crappiness I feel. 

Any tips on kicking the crud you want to share? 


  1. That is EXACTLY what happened to me when I got the flu. I did a hard strength workout in the morning and was extremely sore by that evening. At first, I just thought I'd exercised too hard. By the next morning I knew for sure it was the flu. Ibuprofin really helped me with the soreness and the fever. Did you get a flu shot? (I'd procrastinated.) If you had the shot supposedly the illness is less severe, although it doesn't sound less severe. Take care of yourself. Drink lots of water and rest.

    1. Oh man! Kind of interesting that your onset was similar. No vaccine for me, I have never had one, actually. I wonder where this will head? Days and days of illness or a quick thing?

  2. Ugh. Miserable. Sounds like you are sick to me, though I am guessing the after affects of a hard strength workout is being amplified by a virus. I've had this happen before with random bugs and viruses and the timing of a hard workout with my immune system being overtaken made it more painful in the beginning. BUT you ARE helping your body out by working out, so even though the timing sucks, your body will appreciate the immune boost in the long run! In the meantime, zinc, zinc, zinc... clinically proven to reduce the severity. And fluids. Hang in there!


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