To run, or not to run (with a cold)…that is the question?

Yesterday, I was sent home from work by the school nurse.  Hacking cough, sinus pain, chills, 99.1 temp, and just feeling, well…plain miserable and yucky (yes, I just used that word).  I couldn’t get home fast enough to my p.j.’s, pillow, and blankie.  My last post (see No Negotiations) was hanging over me as heavy as my eyelids were feeling.  Was I going to have to eat my words?  I  was scheduled to meet my running buddy bright and early in the a.m. for a 3 mile run.  Here’s what was going through my mind as I drifted off to a drug induced nightmare  —  “Remember, NO negotiations!  Suck it up.  You can do it!  C’mon you survived chemo.  Are you gonna let a little cold get you down?”   I woke up with a start, feeling pretty much the same as when I went to sleep.  With much deliberating, I decided to put off running until later in the day, in hopes of feeling a little more human.  I downed some Tylenol Cold and went back to bed with a serious case of guilt.  When I finally woke up, I consulted the trusty, reliable internet on a running while sick diagnosis.  The jury seemed divided on the subject.  Some “experts” say any illness above the neck — hit the pavement.  Others say, yup that’s correct, but if you have a fever — get back under the covers.  Still others say, if it’s a sinus infection — no running for three days!  Here’s my dilemma — I’m not sure if I have a cold or sinus infection!?  I guess it’s back to webMD for a diagnosis…

Question – Do you run when you are sick?

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2 Responses to To run, or not to run (with a cold)…that is the question?

  1. Maureen says:

    It’s a tough call. I think if you have a fever, you are better off resting, but if there’s no fever and you feel up to it, go ahead. You can always give yourself permission to stop if you start to feel worse. Get well soon!

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