I am sitting in the car, getting ready to drive, fumbling for ANYTHING to –
I look down and see I am holding the mask from my son’s Spiderman costume.
“Heeeeeey,” he chimes from the back seat, “I was going to wear that…..”
“I’m sorry, bud” I say, knowing I am going to need to carry around a generous supply of tissues for the next few days.
For the past couple days I have had a cold.
A head cold to be precise.
I felt a slight scratch at the back of my throat on Wednesday afternoon. I woke up Thursday and had trouble breathing out of my nose. Once I started moving, I felt a little better.
But as the days have worn on, I notice that I feel really “head heavy” at times.
This can be problematic of course. When do I want to stop running? Um, NEVER.
When do I want to have to stop my training schedule. Um, NEVER.
So is it okay to run?
Colds and Running
Point blank obvious here, peeps. I am not a Doctor. But here is what I found.
“The Neck Rule”
For me right now, the cold is in my head. My head can feel heavy. I can feel tired. My sinuses can stuff up. But to a runner? This is the kind of cold you want. Once the cold is down your throat and in your chest, that is when you need to stop running.
The rule I follow as runner can be found here. Simply put, “The Neck Rule” helps a runner determine when it is okay to run with an illness. If the illness is above your neck, okay. If the cold is below the neck – in your lungs. That one requires time off.
Either way – take it easy. If you push yourself, if you are over training – you could send the head cold directly to your lungs. If you are taking any over the counter medication to help you, that could affect your health and run.
I have a head cold. I do not feel the need to stay in bed. It is an annoying head cold. And you know when I feel great? When I run.
Clear the Sinuses
Yepper. I have an issue with my sinuses anyway. But throw a slight cold in there when I run, well, I run with a tissue in my hand. My sinus just drips. But when I am done – My sinuses are clear as can be. Definitely a plus.
Running with a cold is a personal choice. I do my best to avoid anything that is going to make me stop running. If I have to stop running, I am super cranky about that, let alone with whatever malady I am experiencing. So I choose to run whenever I can.
Even if I have to sneeze a few times.
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