The past week I have been battling a head cold. A sort of nasty one. I am never really sick, but seem to get a cold every year. Been fighting it with cold medicine, rest, and trying to take it easy.
But I am always torn about running and exercising with a cold. I have done it in the past and it has been perfectly OK; in fact, I can recall it helping the healing process. I remember a couple of times running and feeling great afterwards.. On the flip side, based on what I know, when you have a cold or fighting infection, your body is working extra hard; taxing it with exercise is just making it work harder. Thus, intuitively, I have to think it is not a good idea.
So, I didn't run for most of the week. And then Saturday I felt better and it was a great day: sunny and just perfect for running. So I laced them up and went out and ran my 5 mile hills route. And, the workout turned out pretty well (average 8:30 miles with an average heart rate about 86%). Saturday afternoon I felt great, with the cold in the background. But not Sunday. I woke up, and the the cold was back with a vengeance. Had it just not run its course? Did I help or hurt myself with the hard run on Saturday? I don't know, and any insight would be helpful.
But, I am going to the gym tonight and will run easy on the treadmill.