Running with a cold

Yes or no?

6 messages
15/02/2013 at 18:55

Ok folks, we are not talking flu or anything drastic but a bunged up nose, sneezing and generally feeling a bit under the weather.

Had a run planned for the morning, not sure whether to try and push myelf through it, do it but take it easy or can it?

What do you reckon is the best option?


15/02/2013 at 20:57
I've had a cold for about a week. Didn't run for four days then did a couple of easy runs. Did a tempo today and I feel knackered. Really taken it out of me, but I'm sure I'll be fine tomorrow.
15/02/2013 at 21:20

If you just have a runny nose etc and do not feel too tired then OK. Any throat symptoms or chest symptoms then no. BUT bear in mind that a cold could be your bodies way of telling you to back off a bit. A few days off will do no harm; may even do some good! Get it wrong and you are gambling with getting a chest infection or having pneumonia.... these will wreck you for some time. A few days off does not seem so bad. My sympathies, but s**t happens  I have just had a few days off with a cold; the legs felt a bit heavy on todays run...

Edited: 15/02/2013 at 21:20
16/02/2013 at 07:53
I have children and I work with sick children. If I didn't run with a cold, I wouldn't run all winter.
16/02/2013 at 12:48

Thanks for the advice folks, I did run in the end. No throat or chest symptoms so thought I was entitled to risk it particularly as it is such a nice day (for winter anyway). Did 5 miles at about 30 seconds a mile sloewr than normal and it still took it out of me but glad I did it anyway.


16/02/2013 at 16:35

I think the general advice in a recent RW edition was that if the symptoms are from your throat up you're ok to run, anything below then you should probably rest.

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