I reckon running with a head cold is ok and I've found in the past it clears it a bit! But any aches or fever or systemic signs and I would avoid - felt awful when I tried to run like that just after Christmas. I heard somewhere that the reason we should be careful about running with viral illnesses like these is because of rare cases of triggering a viral pericarditis (ie where lining of heart can get inflammed) This is rare but still a good reason to have a day off training when feeling rubbish!hejori said:As a silly experiment I raced a 1/2 marathon with a cold.
On so many levels it was both the right and wrong thing to do, and no I wouldn't do it again.
Any one else willing to share their experience of training/racing with colds or coughs etc.
This was very true for me a while back I only did a 6 miler one morning and didn`t feel great at the start of it (1st mistake I guess). About 2-3 miles in my stomach was giving me really bad swelling and deflating feelings. About .5 mile from home that was it in the bushes ............every thing from below the neck left me............I go by the rule of "if its above the neck run / race, below the neck rest".