Run, hack, hack, hack run.
I have a stupid, stupid cold. I mean this cold is really lame.
It started as a little sore throat last Tuesday night. Not bad at all. I thought, This’ll be gone in like two days. Mr. T still had it after a week (and it had morphed into a cough), but I thought, I run. I take a multivitamin plus vitamin C. I’ll be better way faster than he is.
Yeah, we both still have it. But I’m in the thick of it now.
Of course, I’m not sure if I should or should not run and/or exercise. Despite the cold, I managed almost 23 miles this week ending with a long run of 9 miles Friday on. the. treadmill. (Brainless Bring It On is pretty much a great treadmill movie.) Sunday, I got to wondering if all that running while sick was a smart thing to do. Or not.
So I looked it up and found this great Runner’s World article about running while sick (HERE). I liked what one of the doctors said:
“David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, and has run 58 marathons and ultras, uses the ‘neck rule.’ Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.” (Should You Run When You’re Sick? by Marc Bloom, Runner’s World, 2004)
I think I’m all above the neck, so I think I should be okay as long as I don’t overdo it. An article in the Running Times points out (HERE): “Pushing too hard may prolong the course of the illness and increase the potential for complications.”
I put my running stuff out for a Monday morning run, but I’ve been feeling pretty crummy in the mornings, so we shall see. I may have to pull a treadmill run out later in the day. I do really want to run, though, because 1) it makes me feel better mentally and 2) I’m eating like a bear getting ready to hibernate.
What do you do when you’re sick? Rest or run?