Welcome to Miss Fit–a weekly advice column from someone who is a bit of a non-conformist when it comes to health and exercise.
Dear Miss Fit,
How long do I have to wait for my running buddy to show up in the mornings? She is consistently late and it cuts into my time to run because I have to get back for work.
–Annoyed in NY
One question for you: If this is a regular occurrence, why in the world are you still running with this inconsiderate person? Miss Fit says this is very bad manners to show up late for anything–particularly a workout. Generally, if it happens once and your running buddy has a good excuse, then let it go. But if it happens again and she is more than five minutes late, hit the road by yourself. She will get the message when she gets there and you are already feeling your runner’s high.
Dear Miss Fit,
I am a breast cancer survivor and the instructors at my gym know this (I live in a small town). My treatment ended six months ago and I am doing fine now and trying to get my fitness back. The problem is, every time I take a class at the gym, I feel like the teacher is coddling me and always checking on me and telling me to do easier moves than everyone else. I appreciate her concern, but don’t want to be labeled as incapable and want the freedom to make my own decision about how hard to push myself. What should I do?
–Julie in TN
Well, first of all, congratulations on doing so well. You are a breast cancer “thriver”, for sure! As far as your instructor, I do understand that you don’t want to be treated differently–you have certainly had enough of that, I’m sure. Although she means no harm, I would definitely pull her aside before your next class and just let her know that you appreciate all of her concern, but you’re feeling great and don’t want to be singled out anymore. She will probably be relieved to hear that, because instructors are responsible for the participants in their class, and she was most likely just worried that she was pushing you too hard.
Dear Miss Fit,
Hi! I’ve been running for about 2 years, but I’ve been sick for 2 1/2 weeks. Like, coughing up a lung, puking from coughing, glued to the Kleenex box sick. So the first week I was sick, obviously I did no running…the only thing I could manage was some gentle yoga with mouth breathing. Gross. Then, last week, I started to feel marginally better so I went on a few long walks. This week, I’m feeling better yet – still a slight cough but nothing too dramatic, and my nose is better. SO my question: I’m planning on running later this week…How long will it be before I’m running my usual pace? Like what should I expect? In my 2 years of running, I’ve never taken this long off. I don’t want to go out there expecting to pound out my usual pace and mileage and get really angry with myself for not succeeding, but I don’t want to baby myself and lose even more fitness levels in the process.
First off, thank you for the image of coughing up your lung. I am trying hard to make that go away. As far as your fitness, it will take you a few weeks to feel back to normal. You probably didn’t lose that much endurance or strength in just 2 1/2 weeks, although you will likely feel like you did at first because your body is still recovering. The rule of thumb is anything above the neck (like a stuffy nose or head cold) is fine to run. Anything below the neck (like the grossness of puking when you’re coughing–thank you for that one too), better to stay home and not risk sickening yourself more–or your fellow runners.
Have a question? Send us your dilemmas about feeling like a misfit when it comes to eating, fitness, going to the gym or dealing with yoga bitches, and Miss Fit will take a turn at answering them. With 10 years of trying to be a better athlete and testing her willpower at every turn, while coaching others to do the same, chances are she’s heard it all before and can share some wisdom.
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