Running Cures Colds!

Not really.

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I had a cold last week. I procrastinated my run each day until Friday rolled around and I thought: If this is going to happen, it needs to happen today.

But who wants to run when they’re sick? So I got on the all-knowing internet, hoping that I would find some article somewhere saying that if you have a cold and you go for a run you might die so definitely don’t do it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be true.

The general gist of what I read was this: If you’re symptoms are “above the neck” (in your head, nose, throat, etc.) then running won’t hurt you– it might actually help clear out your sinuses. If you’re symptoms are “below the neck” (upset stomach, fatigue, etc.) then stay home. And bonus: most articles encouraged the reader that skipping a week of workouts won’t completely decimate your routine. You’re body is smarter than you think.

So out I went. It wasn’t pretty, and it didn’t feel all that good. But I was able to breathe through my nose for the rest of the night! So I consider that a win!


Here are some of the articles I found helpful:

New York Times: Don’t Starve a Cold of Exercise

WebMD: Exercise and the Common Cold

Mayo Clinic: Is It Ok to Exercise if I Have a Cold? 


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