Posted by: rundadrun | January 22, 2010

Too sick to run!

So, your “under the weather” feeling has taken a turn for the worst and you are downright sick (I am writing this from the comfort of my couch wrapped in blankets).  How do you know when you are too sick to run?  If you are reading this and saying, “if I feel sick, I am not running”, this is not a big concern.  But there are those of us who tend to run regardless of how we feel, and there are times when we need to forget the roads and concentrate on the rest.

As a general rule, if you have a fever, you need to avoid running or any other exercise.  Your body needs all it’s energy to fight the illness you have. Running increases your core temperature and that is not a good thing if you already have a fever.  Not to mention, if you have a fever, you probably don’t feel much like running anyway (funny how that works).

Another good rule of thumb is that if you have a stuffy head cold, run if you want. But if you have any congestion in your chest, don’t run.  You need to rest and keep that chest congestion from getting worse. Again, you probably won’t feel much like running if the congestion is in your chest anyway.  I actually find that if my head is stuffed up, going for a run helps to clear that out.  Don’t ask for details, just suffice it to say that you don’t want to be my running partner on those days. 🙂

A good thing to point out is that if you have H1N1 or even the seasonal flu, DO NOT GO RUNNING!  Your body needs rest, not exercise.  Besides, if you feel half as bad as I did last time I had the flu, running won’t be an option.

If you are in the middle of a training plan for a race, this can be tough, but you may need to change your plans. Pusing through illness to continue training can do a lot more harm than good.  The last thing you need to do is end up in the hospital because you didn’t want to miss your next half marathon.

So, let your body rest, heal and then get back out there. I will join you as soon as I start feeling better. 🙂

Happy running, Rundad

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