Cold Running, and a Cold

In which I feel sorry for myself, and get Lost

The past few days, I’ve been ill. I knew it was coming because Andy at work has been ill, and so has Ironman Tony. (The gits.) Only a matter of time before I caught it myself. Luckily, I seem to be over the worst of it.

What’s the best amount of time to wait, after an illness, before going out for another run? I guess it’s all down to how you feel inside. I’ve run home from work a few times in the past week, all uphill, and have been improving steadily. It’s 1.8 miles home, and from start to finish raises just over 325feet. I don’t want to reset all the hard work!

The first time I ran it (I can’t run the whole way without stopping, yet) it took me 20m 12s. Last week I ran it in 19:37. Two days later, 18:32. Over a full minute quicker in two days. A few days later, it was pouring down and cold. I ran it in 20:15. I could feel my ankles straining before I got halfway, and had to walk more than I would’ve liked.

Should I be warming up more in the cold weather, or do I need to wear more clothes? I have a 10k trail run in two weeks (in Brighouse) and want to run it in under an hour, so any cold running or running in the rain advice is more than welcome.

But for the next couple of days in staying in bed and watching Lost.


16 thoughts on “Cold Running, and a Cold

  1. Hope you feel better soon! I just got over a cold and I was not a happy runner this time. But I decided to listen to my body and not run for a week to ensure the cold would pass completely. I did some gentle walking. Back running now and the rest seems to have me good! Maybe that’s the way to go – your body maybe talking to you…?

  2. Hello! To answer some of your questions, I would recommend warming up before running – especially when it’s cold. I live in Colorado and have ran 2 half-marathons in some really cold weather. Lunges help to warm up the muscles. A slow jog will also help. I’ve seen many people wear trash bags to hold in some body heat. I like to wear a hat. That helps. My avatar is a picture of my first half. It was freezing. I have on long johns. Since then I have upgraded to a pair of running pants. They have extra padding on the hamstrings and rear. When I first started this cold half, I had on gloves, hat, and a running jacket. As the miles progressed, I started taking off my gear. It’s annoying. I say warm up, and wear clothing that will make you comfortable, without creating you to become too hot. Running builds an excess amount of heat from the body. Some races will let you throw extra clothes on the ground. The idea is for runners to be aware that all clothing thrown on the ground will be picked up and donated. This was allowed on my first half, but I like my gloves and hat and shoved them into my pockets. Not a good thing if you don’t have running gear with extra space. Hope some of this extended advice helps. Good luck on your 10k! I have a marathon in 8 days!

  3. The cold has affected me too although I don’t have a cold. I have started running in a compression top and fluorescent jacket. For safety and for warmth. It’s helping to some degree. Before the winter kicks in I have also purchased some gloves and a beanie. I am determined the weather won’t stop me through the winter.

  4. I have the same issue every year with running in the cold.

    Too many clothes slows me down but also tires me out quicker. That and getting a cold as an asthmatic tends to knock me down for a lot longer.

    My suggestion is leggings and a lightweight t shirt with long sleeves. Socks that go up to the ankle and not much else to be honest. A hat is up to you but remember if you wear a hat there’s nowhere for your sweat to go.

  5. Feel better! All in how you feel. About the trail run, if its a reallylumpy bumpy trail your time may not compare to road times…
    Good Luck! seems like everything , except the sickness, is on track for you. Get your FLu Jab yet?

  6. I can empathize with your cold!! It’s been a terrible allergy season this year. I believe the rule is, if you are sick from the neck up (meaning a head cold), go for a light run. If you are sick from the neck down (chest congestion, deep cough, trouble inhaling from lung region) give it a rest. Also, for dressing, look at the outdoor temp, and dress like it’s 10 degrees cooler than that temp. Works like a charm! Run on, brother!

  7. Oh no! Don’t get Lost! Hope you feel properly better soon etc etc :]

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