Running with a cold

The whole day yesterday I was sneezing and blowing snot out. The nasty thing about me having colds is that I get insanely hungry and I ended up devouring a heavy dinner capped with an unhealthy amount of ice cream. I went to bed early, having downed some antihistamine.

I woke up still with the sniffles, my head heavy. I felt lazy. I could've just flopped back to bed but forced myself to get out and run. I told myself that today's was just an easy 30-minute run. I told myself that the discomfort is all in my sinus and the medical experts claim that it's ok to run if the cold is above the neck. I told myself that all I had to do was slough through for half an hour and that the run would clear up my sinuses and make me feel better. As I ran, my body warmed up and indeed I felt much better. I was able to breathe easier and my nasal passages opened up. I expected my body to be heavy but pleasantly discovered that everything was going easier than planned. My HR was low and I was able to maintain a relaxed but faster-than-average pace.

My 30-minute run stats: 3.78 kms, ave HR 139, 30% in Z1, 70% in Z2, ave cadence 89.

Moral of the story: don't let the sniffles deter your running!


Slept late for two days and now I have a cold

I haven’t run for two days now.

I slept late, woke up late, leaving me with no time to run. Not even for 30 minutes.

And now that I have had something like 5 hours of sleep for two consecutive nights, I have a cold. That has often been the pattern. Lack of sleep leads to breakdown of resistance and then I get the sniffles.

I really should be more disciplined. I shouldn’t allow myself to get distracted and unnecessarily sleep late. If I can avoid going home late, I should avoid going home late. It’s not so much that I miss out on a training day. It’s that I end up getting a cold, which is irritating. A cold makes me lazy to run. I end up making excuses not to run. I could end up telling myself “I’ll run when I feel better.”

Let’s see how I fare tomorrow. It’s just a cold and running experts say that you can still run if you just have the sniffles.