So, when it comes to being sick, I’m sorta like this:
The last thing in the world that I ever want to do is admit that I’m sick. So maybe that is why I end up being sicker for longer?
I’m admitting it. I. am. sick.
I started feeling iffy on Tuesday so I did something really smart and went running first thing on Wednesday morning. I did cut down my mileage, by the way. But felt somewhat feverish throughout (and contemplated if it was good that I was sweating it out)?
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling even worse than Wednesday, so I opted to skip the run, but still did my HIIT workout. I didn’t go as hard as I should —> brownie points for me.
So, should you run when you’re sick?
The rule of thumb I’ve always heard is to follow the “head” rule:
Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.
HOWEVER, that being said, I think if you do feel really bad — tired, groggy, feverish), it’s better to skip the run and give your body time to rest. It’s all up to how you feel and most importantly… to listen to your body because that’s the best gauge. When it comes down to it, missing one day won’t be the end of the world.
And lastly… don’t do what I do. For some reason, whenever I get sick, I’m convinced that food will make me feel better. Even though I can’t taste it. So I eat a bunch of random food that makes me feel even more sick. Not smart. Don’t do it.
Do you run when you’re sick?
What rule do you follow about working out when sick?
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