|"I want to run but feel like @#$%^&*"|
As I am not an expert and am only accused of being sensible on occasion I decided to do a little research. There was not as much information as I expected but the general consensus seems to be to follow the "above/below the neck rule". Above the neck: Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing etc...probably OK. Below the neck: Muscle aches, hacking cough, fever, diarrhea, vomiting....NOT OK. This weekend I had a bit of a cold and before reading this above/below rule I would not have run. I decided to try it out and continued my training with 19 miles Saturday and 20 miles Sunday. I still have a little cold but feel fine.The long run will be there when you are well again and the risk of getting worse or prolonging the illness is not worth it. Take the time and rest, which may also provide the added benefit of allowing your body to recover somewhat from all the recent training.
By the way Iman rested and completed his first run over 6 miles this weekend. He kicks ass!
Here are a the articles I read that cover the when to's, when not to's and the risks.
Runner's World 2004 "Should You Run When You're Sick"
About.com "Can I Run With a Cold"
Web MD "Running When Sick"