Definitely take some time off! I usually take a day or two off as soon as I start feeling a little sick - trying to push through an illness will only make you sicker. You won't be able to push as hard during workouts, and you will end up having to take even more time off to recover. It's always better to rest a day or two early on than to overdo it and waste a couple weeks! I would say with this cold, hold off running until you feel better, then ease back into it - short, easy runs until you feel 100% better. Good luck, and I hope you heal quickly! **I just saw that you posted back in June...oops! I hope you're better by now!**
Originally Posted by Hlthgrl
Looking for some tips from experienced runners. I'm new to running. I've been at it for about 6 weeks now and am truly enjoying it. I was very dedicated to the program I am doing but then got sick. At first it seemed like a mild cold and while I'm sure it's nothing serious it's dragging on. I'm congested (which makes me feel dizzy) and coughing a lot with no relief. I ran throughout the first week but have taken about 4 days off now and honestly am stressing out over it. When do you all decide if you're too ill to run? Should I be pushing through this and running or is it better to take a rest when needed. I'm itching to get back at it.