So long and short of it is: I caught a cold.
Not surprising, considering what time of year it is, the fact that EVERYONE in my office has been sharign this little delight, or that, due to a set of perforated ear drums as a child, my sinuses are more screwed up than a box of counter-sunk inch and a quarters. (Just a little hardware humor for all of you out there.)
But despite, my cold, I've continued to run. Mind you, not very fast, but still running. And a few people have questioned whether or not that was the right thing to do... Which lead me to ask google the age old question...
Is it ok to run with a cold?
Active.com suggests that running with a cold can prolong the duration of the cold. Meaning, I might be able to run during my cold, but then my body won't recover as quickly, thereby reducing the quality of the runs I manage to get in. Sounds logical. Do you go for fewer, quality runs in good health or continue to train while feeling under the weather and still manage to get in your runs, knowing you're not performing at your peak? They suggest sticking to a rule that when you feel 85 - 90% better, then it's safe to resume running. Well thanks, Active.com. Because I totally know what my body's 85% healthy feels like.
Slightly less than helpful.
Runner's World goes on to reference a study done at Ball State university (Hey, I know that place!) comparing two groups of 30 runners, who were each exposed to a cold virus. While one study group continued running, the other was more sedentary, taking time off from running. In the end, there were no statistically significant differences in the duration of illness for the two groups. Meaning: Running while sick won't necessarily make your cold last longer.
(WHOO-HOO! Good news!)
I think ultimately, it's up to each person. Do what feels best and right for you and your body. Unless a doctor specifically tells you otherwise (Which is why I avoid them to start with!), then I say go for it! Running can help get those fluids moving, get fresh blood pumping through your body and make you feel better! (Which is another point that was referenced in the Ball State study - sometimes, being active makes you FEEL better!)
So tonight, hopefully the rain disipates and I will be able to go out for my short one mile run. Just enough to clear my mind and make sure my heart is still beating.
Besides, at this point all my symptoms are above the neck anyways, and I think I feel 81%* better, which is close enough.
*Seriously? 81%? I just made that up. I have NO IDEA what percent better or worse I feel... How do you quantify a feeling?!?! Crackpot science, I tell you what...