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11664 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2009 12:25 PM by LDRCat
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Oct 24, 2009 9:17 PM

Stupid COLD! Train or not?

I have a nasty head cold and am right int he middle of training for a 10K in less than three weeks, and a 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.  I've been taking it easy for the last two days and it's driving me crazy.  Any advice on training while getting over/having a cold?



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  • Kaenman Pro 60 posts since
    Sep 13, 2009
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    1. Oct 24, 2009 9:19 PM (in response to KIKat)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    I am not an expert but I think it would be counter productive.

    HOpe you feel better soon!

  • dbrown1177 Amateur 39 posts since
    Sep 25, 2008
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    2. Oct 29, 2009 1:48 PM (in response to KIKat)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    Personally, it all depends on the severity of the cold and how hard you want/need to train.

    I would not train hard if the cold is making me feel weak or anything like that.


    Your body will tell you if you are pushing too hard.


    keep it fun...and you will run for life.

  • pmaloney Rookie 3 posts since
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    3. Nov 4, 2009 10:10 AM (in response to KIKat)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    Just a head cold....train.


    Chest congestion and


    This works for me. Good luck!

  • drl315 Amateur 13 posts since
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    5. Nov 13, 2009 6:29 AM (in response to pmaloney)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    I agree with pmaloney.  In fact, I recently read this on Runner's World website.  Head cold, lessen intensity some, but go ahead and run.  Chest cold, congestion, stay in and do not train. I have just come down with a head cold myself and am training for a halfmarathon next Saturday (11/21), so I know how you feel.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.

  • Austin Gonyou Rookie 2 posts since
    May 22, 2008
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    6. Nov 13, 2009 1:03 PM (in response to KIKat)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    If I can get around, but I just feel tired, but not achy, I'll train for sure. I find that if I have a cold, I keep on my fishoil, garlic, vitamin C and probiotic regimen and keep exercising with *lots*, even sometimes more than usual the amount, of water.

    I find I typically get over my colds quicker by doing this, but I also restrict myself to the gym, vs going outside specifically because it's a controlled environment where I can just get in the car and go home if I don't feel up to it.

    Otherwise you may be doing yourself more harm than good. That said, if you do go to the gym, make sure you wipe everything down after you use it so as to help prevent others from getting your crud too.  


    Hope this helps. And of course, if you're too sick to feel like going anywhere, try it once and if you can't manage, then you need to wait.

  • LDRCat Rookie 8 posts since
    Oct 3, 2008
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    7. Dec 20, 2009 12:25 PM (in response to KIKat)
    Re: Stupid COLD! Train or not?

    My hard and fast rule is run if the sickness is in the neck or above. Sit it out if it's below the neck.


    Oh yeah, and running with mild fevers and body aches is always a bad thing.

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