preview for Should You Run If You're Sick With COVID? The Streak Is Not Worth It.

I dodged COVID for more than two years but, when I caught it, it felt like I had an ordinary head cold that I would typically run through. And, so I did—for a few days. There was one hiccup to my plan: I couldn’t sleep. So, rather than burning the candle at both ends, I decided my easy jogs just weren’t that important and I took a complete rest.

I talk about my experience in the video above but, if you find yourself facing the same situation, here are a few things I found helpful to consider:

  1. Consult your doctor: Do what they say, not what I did.
  2. Track your effort: I plotted my heart rate vs. grade-adjusted pace, so I could see if I was working unusually hard while sick.
  3. Look for outliers: If your usual route is exceptionally slow or feels too hard, take that as a sign to rest.
  4. Don’t be afraid of a zero in your training log: A couple days off will be better for you in the long run.
  5. Take it easy, even after you test negative: I had to walk up hills for a few weeks after I beat the virus.

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