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Should you run when you are sick?

We runners hate missing our workouts. More often than not we try to make-up a missed workout or do the next run even harder.

However there are days when we fall sick. This brings up a lot of questions.  Should I still train or attempt that race? Will I lose my fitness if I don’t run? Should I take some medication and continue with my run?

In many cases a serious runner would think of more reasons to run than not too. And sometimes a bad decision results in disaster.

A general rule followed in case of sickness is called the “neck rule”. Symptoms below the neck like chest cold, bronchial infection, body aches means you should avoid training. While a running nose, sneezing do not pose a significant risk. Of course a fever means no running at all.

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