I've run it twice with colds.
Once was when I was at my peak in 2006. I had very heavily blocked nose even on the day of the race and felt dizzy and spaced out the day before, but a quick 2-miler the Saturday suggested I could still run and I didn't have any temperature. I took it reasonably easy to 16 and accelerated a little after that and got what is still a PB.
On the other hand, I had a nasty cough in 2010 and tried to run, and had to withdraw from the race at 18 miles feeling shivery, and was properly ill afterwards.
So I would suggest you should give it a go but be prepared to back right off or indeed stop if you get odd symptoms - obviously the difficult thing is recognising odd symptoms from all of the other awful things that are normal 18 miles in (!). Especially if your heart rate is OK - it's not always easy to tell with pre-race nerves.
RicF wrote (see)
Bail out. You have the most valid reason too despite what the resident hero's on this site would have you do.
Purpose of the forum is to share experience with others. I've had cold twice in this same race (out of 10 starts), so am in a better position than some to provide experience, and my advice is to warn that there's a significant risk of not being able to finish the race, but it's possible it might be OK, especially with a steady heart rate. So I don't think there's really any reason at all to sneer.
Also, you don't need an apostrophe for a plural.
I was reading this in the early hours of Sunday monring, with my nose leaking like an open tap, hours before the Toronto Marathon, thinking should I bail; or grit my teeth and carry on! Lame Duck; your advice was bang on! I ran the Marathon and achived a sub 3:30 time!
The day after the marathon; I'm feeling as fine as I would've been feeling if I hadn't run, seinus is still a bit congested, but all in all my advice would be run.
yes id say too..if you feel ok below the neck then chill it and run slow if you dont like missing races, but stop if you feel bad at all..... below the neck,,chest etc...a no no id say.
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