I’m sick. I’ll spare you the gory details, but there’s lots of sneezing, coughing, and dirty looks from co-workers involved. I’m feeling and sounding pretty gross, but what I’m most concerned about is the effect my little cold might have on my weekend running schedule.
Normally, I’m the type to use any excuse not to run — especially I’m scheduled for a long run — including spotting a cloud in the sky and noticing a “Law & Order: SVU” rerun on TNT. However, the Peachtree Road Race is barely a month away, and it’s getting harder and harder to make excuses.
But is illness a legitimate excuse to skip a run? A study tested runners with colds, and had some continue to run and some remain sedentary. Results showed having a cold did not hinder runners who continued to run, nor did running cut down on the length of a cold. So, it seems, running with a head cold is A-OK. But the same article notes that more severe illnesses can be