Do you ever have one of those moments in life that causing you to think “What the hell am I doing?”
I had one of those today. You see, there has been something going around at work and literally everyone has been sick within the last two weeks. I could feel it coming on all day yesterday and it was in full force last night. I also wasn’t feeling too hot this morning.
Runners are weird people. We might not make the smartest decisions, but it shows that we are dedicated (and very stubborn). I probably spent a good 15 minutes debating whether I should run or not. Eventually, I rolled out of bed and just said the heck with it.
Based on past experience, I’ve found that running with a cold is usually fine. Running with a fever is a suicide mission, but mild symptoms usually clear up faster with low intensity exercise. This might not be the case for every situation, but exercise may even help me feel better by temporarily relieving nasal congestion and getting the blood flowing to your muscles to relieve stiffness.
I use these rules as a guideline when it comes to running (or any other exercise) with a cold:
- Mild to moderate exercise if your signs and symptoms are “above the neck” (such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, or sore throat). If your symptoms don’t improve, cut the workout short or back off on the intensity.
- Cancel or postpone your workout if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” (such as chest congestion, coughing, or an upset stomach).
- If you choose to exercise when you’re sick, listen to your body. If your signs and symptoms get worse with exercise, stop and take some time off. Sometimes pushing through an illness will just make it last longer.
This wasn’t my smartest idea, but I actually felt pretty good and ended up running 11 miles (one more than my planned 10). It wasn’t my fastest performance, but I’ve definitely had worse.
And being sick is an excuse to get Einstein’s for breakfast right?
I always look for an excuse to go here!
Let’s hope this was just a 24 hour thing! What are you rules for working out when sick?