I'm three weeks into training for a marathon and I have a wicked cold. I've missed two runs on my schedule this week. How many can I miss before I'll really regret it? Part of me thinks I should manage a few miles even if I'm under the weather and part of me thinks I'd be better off letting my body recover. What do others think? As long as I don't miss the longer runs this weekend will I be fine?
I would really like to know the answer to this one if anybody has some advice or experience. I'm about 7 weeks from my marathon and have a terrible cold. I missed two days already and trying to figure out what to do about my 15 miler on Sunday.
General rule: You can run (up to how well you feel) if the cold is above the neck. Below the neck, it's better to take time off to get healthy.
As for missing training, missing a few runs won't hurt much. Take it easy if you do go out, and the first couple times after your cold. Making the long runs is always a good idea, but . . . not if you're not feeling up to it. It's better to get your health back. I've known people to run themselves into pneumonia because they just had to get that long run in. You can always adjust your schedule to get the training in.
@kdarold - Being only 7 weeks out you really don't want to force it. You have to stay healthy to get to the start. If you feel well enough to do 15, fine. If not, look at the long runs you've done and what's coming up and see if you can "split the difference" on the next long run. It can be a balancing act.
Thank you Lenzlaw!! Sounds like some decent advice! And after looking at my schedule again I realize I skipped a whole month and actually have 11 weeks - Whew! I really appreciate your response, Thanks again.
To Terrivt, thanks for posting! I hope you and me both feel better soon; then get out there and tackle our miles! Speedy recovery!
How's the crud? I think I finally shook mine, taking some time off then slogging through 2 weeks of runs! I'm feeling better now that I knocked a long one out of the way.
Glad to hear you're making it through. This is the most tenacious cold ever, perhaps made more so by my attempts to stick to the training. After three weeks of the cold, which has been both in the head and the chest, I finally feel like I'm gaining on it. I missed a few mid-week training runs and did 10 instead of 12 for my long run last week. I should be all right if I can do 12 this Sunday, and if the cold really does go away. Good luck with your training!