Wise Running

Train smart, eat well, and enjoy the run.

Should I Run When I Am Sick?

It depends.  Always follow the directions given by your doctor first and foremost.

If it is a judgement call, a lot of well-educated medical and athletic experts that cite the neck rule.

  1. If you are sick above the neck only, then go head and work out, but…
    • take it easy – back off of the planned distance and intensity
    • hydrate more
    • rest more
  2. If your illness is below the neck, in your chest, body aches all over, fever, or other systemic issues below the neck, then DO NOT RUN.  DO NOT WORK OUT.
    • hydrate more
    • rest more
    • follow the directions of your doctor

Your training will get worse instead of better if you go against this advice.  Err on the side of caution.

If you are healthy enough, enjoy an easy run.

 

P. S.  I ran today despite having a sinus infection.  I am on antibiotics.  This is an illness above the neck, so I followed my own advice.  I am very well hydrated.  I ran slower than usual.  I ran shorter than usual.  I am typing this post as I recline in my bed at home.

 

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