"i was sick last week and still don't feel good----i feel like i'm so behind now. my best wishes to your other runners---leave me in the dust! it's ok!!"
This brings us to an important point: what to do about running when you're feeling sick? Should you run anyways? Skip it alltogether?
I say, try to go for a walk. It's so easy to fall off the wagon and many of us have a tendency to let even the smallest notion of not 100%-ness be an excuse not to go out an run. Excuse to whom? To ourselves! A common saying is that if your illness is above the neck, go running, below neck, don't. As in: I often go running when I have a slight cold but not when I have a cough.
And 95% of the times I have, I've felt better both during and after the run than before.
If you're a beginner, you might not have it in you to conquer the wall of resistance aided by sickness. Forgive yourself. Then get back on track. All is not lost. Nothing is lost. This is not about losing a few pounds before the holidays, it's about bringing a source of joy and health into your life from now on.
hear that lisa? take a walk and forgive yourself. a slow walk if you're not feeling so great. but fresh air and moderate physical activity, fall colours and time to yourself never killed anyone. the training you've done up til now is never in vain.