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4/6/13 8:16 P

Thanks for the advice. I ended up not running, and my throat is so sore.

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4/6/13 6:58 P

The guideline I've read (and generally adhered to) is that if you're sick from the neck down, don't run, but if you're sick from the neck up, go ahead. I had a bad chest cold and cough a couple of weeks ago and ended up taking the whole week off. When the congestion moved up to my nose, I got back to it, and felt fine.

I also agree with others that if you start out and just feel lousy, that's a good sign that you should let your body rest and recover a bit.

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4/6/13 5:34 P

If you want to train and feel like you can then do it. Take your pace a little slower than normal and make sure you are drinking plenty of water after your run. If you feel too worn out during then slow your pace down to a walk.

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4/6/13 4:16 P

If your sick, don't burn yourself out. Burning yourself out will only waste energy needed for your body to heal itself, and thus could extend how long you are sick for.

Instead, drink lots of orange juice and water, eat very healthily, and go out for a walk instead of a run. A walk will help calm your mind, give you a little work-out, and make you feel better all-over. Just make-sure you don't over-do it.

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4/6/13 3:22 P

When I have a cold that leaves me still mostly functional, I do try to work out. It's usually lighter than my normal stuff, but it clears me out and I feel pretty good afterwards. Do what feels right for you. Don't push your body harder than it wants, or you'll get sicker instead of better. And remember to stay hydrated!

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4/6/13 2:34 P

I would see how you feel. If you're feeling run down, or you start the run and it's not going well, then I'd stop. But if the cold is a minor one, sometimes you can keep running without it being a big deal.

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4/6/13 12:44 P

Well I actually came down with strep last week and I still did my 5k because I felt up to it. Sometimes it might actually help as long as you are not running in very cold weather because that might actually make it worse.

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4/6/13 8:36 A

Hi. I'm training for a 5k, which is next Saturday. I intended to run today but woke up with the start of a cold. My husband has a pretty bad one, so I'm thinking GREAT, is that where I'm headed. My nose is running like a faucet, I'm sneezing, and my throat is sore.

So... what do I do about the running? Should I run today, keep on training, in the hopes that the cold will be gone in a week? What would you do?

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