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2013-09-17 7:50 AM

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Subject: Running with a cold - HM in 5 weeks
Just need some basic advice.

5 and a half weeks until my first HM. I have a cold but it is so light it is barely an irritiation. My throat is sore and I can feel some congestion. I should this week be putting in some of my highest mileage. Including a long run tomorrow of about 20km.

Should I:

1) Pack in training for 3-4 or more days to make sure the cold is gone before resuming.

2) Just get on with it.

I blame my kids going back to school.


2013-09-17 8:53 AM
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can't really say. i've definitely worked out sick before, but doing so creates a big risk of developing pneumonia. a coworker of mine who does a lot of marathons usually gets pneumonia a 1-2 times a year from training through colds.

if you do decide to train, i would back off the scheduled distance/intensity until you are sure you are feeling better.

2013-09-17 12:32 PM
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Guidelines that have worked pretty well for me are: (1) rest if you've got a fever, (2) so long as symptons are above the neck, OK to train (i.e., head congestion OK, lung congestion, not OK).
2013-09-20 9:14 AM
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Made the right choice and put back the long run back by a day.

Finished my 20km run last night and the cold did not bother me at all. 100% the right decision to juggle my schedule.

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