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Today is day #291 of my run streak. I’ve run in cold, freezing, humid, and hot weather. I’ve run in the snow and in the rain. What will actually make me NOT run? It will either be an injury or being sick. But exactly how sick will I need to be? Let’s find out.
Let me start by saying that I rarely get sick. I guess working 12 years with students has paid off. 😀 When I do get sick, I get a cold that lasts 3-4 days and it usually happens 1-2 times a year. The last time (that I can remember) I got a cold was in January 2020.
To run or not to run?
I’ve worked with several coaches and they’ve told me that if my symptoms are above the neck (sneezing, runny nose, etc) then it is OK to run as long as you feel good. However, if they’re in or below the neck (sore throat, diarrhea, body aches, chills, etc), then skip the run. For the former, it should also be a personal choice. If you want to skip it then go ahead. Nothing wrong with taking a rest day. If you do run, keep it easy or run fewer miles than what is on the plan.
If you have a fever, then you should not run at all. Running will raise the body’s core temperature and in return could increase the risk of dehydration or delay recovery time. One or two rest days to bring the fever down is better than days or weeks that you may need to take off if the situation gets worse.
The last time I felt sick enough to skip a run was the day after I received my 2nd vaccine. I ran in the morning and then used the Peloton bike. It was later in the morning when I had chills and my whole body ached. I was working from home (thank goodness!) and somehow made it through the work day. No way could I run after school and am glad I ran that morning. See, another reason why I don’t like to procrastinate! I did feel much better in the evening and ran again the next morning.