I have a cold .... stuffed up/runny nose type stuff. What do you do? Do you keep with your training
schedule? Do you just not run as much? Do you take a few rest days?
I hate missing out on my running ... but at the same time, I dont want to end up sicker.
What do you all recommend?
The general wisdom is that if the symptoms are all above your neck (i. e. a head cold, stuffy nose, watery eyes, etc.) and you do not have a fever or other symptoms, it is OK to run. Listen to your body as to distance and intensity. You may find that running actually makes you feel better by helping to clear your head. However, if you have a fever, chest symptoms or flulike symptoms, definitely rest up and do not run.
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I agree....if I just have a stuffed head/runny nose I'll keep running. If I'm running a fever or have chest congestion I cut back and rest. For me getting outside and running when I have a stuffy nose actually helps a lot a I usually end up feeling better faster because my nose runs every time I run regardless of me having a cold. Just take plenty of tissues unless you plan to snot rocket!