Running While Sick ?

Let me start off by saying my little one has been sick for just under a week – terrible congestion, heart-wrenching  cough, irritable at times and not sleeping well because of the listed symptoms. But the good thing is, she’s happy, running around and wanting to play.

Also, my husband is home!!!! Woohoo, we have finished 7 months apart….7…long…months…apart.  He is home until June and then only away for a week or so, and then we’ll all be done with that adventure. Both he and I started to feel ill last night; we had no idea what this “cold” would amount to.


 I plan each weeks workout goals every Sunday; which you can read more about here. So, today was my day to run which I was really looking forward to doing. Can you see where this is going? 🙂

Today, we woke up full of this cold my daughter had – she’s just learning about sharing but seriously…this is one thing she did not need to share with us. We were both miserable; head pounding, stuffed up nose and feeling run down.

I decided I would go to work and my husband (who is waiting on his “On the Job” schedule was able to sleep the morning away. By lunch time I was feeling terrible and was trying to decide if I was to go on my run. I went home for lunch, had some chicken soup  that he made for me and decided to go lie down – I would run later. (Again, you can see where this is going – right?).

We laid down just before 1 and around 2:30pm, I said to my husband “I don’t think I’ve slept for more than 5 minutes”. He then assured me that I had in fact slept as he informed me I was “snoring rather contentedly” !!!

I stayed in bed until 4:30 sleeping while my husband went to pick up Lilly. During this time I was trying to figure out if I was going to run in the evening and had my eyes closed during the whole thought process. I was really looking forward to this run. My bed was like a sauna and getting out was like stepping out into the cold of winter (seriously).

I assessed my symptoms:

  • head pounding
  • aching muscles over my entire body
  • my ass hurt (not from being sick but rather from the numerous squats I did the night before) damn squats!
  • bones were aching
  • eyes hurt and wanted to stay closed
  • slight nausea at times
  • running nose and head congestion
  • cold / warm flashes
My decision after assessing my symptoms: maybe not a full run, but a fast paced walk with our dog – with a few increases in speed.
Now this is not a pity blog post, it’s more of a “Do you run when sick” and “When do you draw the line?”
During dinner I decided not to run, not to walk the dog at an increased pace, but to sit and relax with my husband. I put extra garlic in our pasta, have been drinking lots of water and trying to increase my vitamin C intake.
There is no way I could manage anything physical active tonight. Pushing myself to run tonight could have made things worse and they could have made things better. Tonight, I chose REST over anything else – even though I am dying to go for a good run.
Maybe tomorrow night.
Do you run when sick?
When do you draw the line?
Do you listen to your body when sick or push through it?

6 thoughts on “Running While Sick ?

  1. I am actually sick right now! Head cold for sure. My general rule of thumb, is if the sickness is above my shoulders, I run. If its below (aka in my chest), I dont run. I think sweating and getting moving helps me to recover quicker actually.

    I ended up getting in a pretty good pace workout yesterday. I skipped the gym this morning and didnt do the weights I was supposed to. I need my body to fight off the cold, not repare torn muscle fibers from lifting weights.

    • Hope you are feeling better soon.
      We (my daughter, husband and I) are all on medication now 😦 for ear and throat infections. What a bummer.
      So glad I didn’t run yesterday, going to tackle a light workout inside tonight. My body feels good, it’s all in my head (ha ha).

  2. Rest is definitely a good thing oftentimes! I’d rather take a few days off, get better quicker, and then get back to running or the gym for a quality workout than struggle through a week’s worth of so-so workouts because I’m not feeling well and not allowing my body to heal.

    However, if I have a mild cold, I will oftentimes go for a walk because I find that the movement and fresh air helps clear my sinuses!

    I hope you feel better soon!!!

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