Mickey playing cards are sprinkled across my bedroom floor along with orphaned shoes, flannel pj pants and one too many Thomas the Tank Engine trains that have conveniently landed beneath my feet today.
Ah the reality of life.
Sometimes it seems like only a cold bug will make me stop, relax and pick up my latest copy of In Style magazine to ogle over Lanvin, Ferragamo and de la Renta. (Btw, the floral dresses this spring are TO DIE FOR and I am drooling over practically every page of this issue.)
So goes my brief respite from the real world. Ventured out once today to go with the hubby to buy my son his very first goldfish. Sure hope it doesn’t kick the bucket soon or I’ll be explaining another reality of life to my 2-year-old.
With training on pause, at least for the weekend, I began contemplating the question: Is it okay to run when sick?
Fortunately, my other favorite magazine, Runner’s World, had an answer.
Here’s a quick excerpt from their August 2004 issue that I stumbled across in a search:
David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, and has run 58 marathons and ultras, uses the “neck 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.
The article continues that Nieman’s point of view is supported by a few studies from Ball State University. Still, doctors caution that the sniffles could turn into something worse if you push it:
But, doctors say, you still walk, or run, a fine line. Take extra caution when training with anything worse than a minor cold because it can escalate into more serious conditions affecting the lower respiratory tract and lungs. Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinus cavity that affects 37 million Americans each year. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, headache, and facial pressure. With a full-blown sinus infection, you rarely feel like running. But if you do, consider the 72-hour rule of Jeffrey Hall Dobken, M.D.: “No running for three days,” advises the allergist/immunologist and ultramarathoner in Little Silver, New Jersey. Even without the presence of a fever, says Dr. Dobken, some sinus infections, when stressed by exercise, can lead to pneumonia or, in extreme cases, respiratory failure.
This Runner’s World article has a ton of great advice, including more about fevers and other symptoms to consider before going out for your training run. Read away!
For me, sleeping about 11 hours last night and then 4 hours during the day makes me pause a bit. Even if it’s “just the sniffles,” do I want to risk turning it into something worse? Or, in my delirium, being struck by a car? (Okay, there’s the sick drama coming in…) 😉
We’ll see how I’m feeling in the morning. For now, I’m loading up on my healthy Isagenix vitamin supplements, drinking lots of water, having my IsaLean Shakes and hitting the hay a little earlier. All part of the healing process and reality!
Wishing you healthy running!