running with a cold

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    Sep 21, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    Hey guys, when you have a small cold, how many of you will stick to your running schedule? I've had a low-grade cold and congestion for over a week- nothing to be in bed or stay home from work for. I didn't feel terrible on Sunday, but had some chest congestion. I went for a long run (11 miles) thinking the fresh air and some exertion would help. I still feel run down.

    Since then I've been relaxing and have done nothing. I feel better today, but am not sure when to push myself again. Do you wait till you're completely better or jump back into it when you feel all right? I'm on a training schedule that I want to fall way off of. What's your philosophy on working out when a little sick?
  • starboard5

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    Sep 21, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    I'm sick now, myself, (bronchitis) and haven't worked out in over a week. The consensus of medical opinion I've gathered says rest, even with a cold. Your body is fighting infection, and running/working out only takes away energy your body could use to heal itself. On the up side, I'm getting more reading time!
  • trijiminal

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    Sep 21, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    So, when you run you increase your sympathetic output. This will transiently increase your immunity, which is why some people feel better when they run with a cold. The problem is that if you go too hard or fast or really stress your body in any way, your immune system will be suppressed. The key is really to do just enough to get your circulation up without taxing yourself any further. 11 miles is definitely too much to be doing with a cold. but probably a short 2-4 mile run would help.

    Anyway, Feel better!
  • Lincsbear

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    Sep 21, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    If I get a cold I usually reduce the training down because your body needs all its energy to fight the infection;say,a brisk walk or something,a few miles,instead of a hard run.I always try to do something active to maintain the habit.
    Anything infectious chestwise I lay off completely and rest until it`s all cleared up.
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    Sep 21, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    im recovering currently from mononucleosis... I find eating at lest five portions of raw fruit/vegetables a day makes me feel better.. if I dont, I just feel like crap
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    Sep 21, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of your suggestions! I'll take it easier in the future! icon_smile.gif