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February 21, 2014

On The Run: The pros and (mostly) cons of running while sick


So what’s the best way to handle a cold when it comes to running?

Those long runs aren’t going to happen on their own, but if you’re feeling under the weather and insist on running, try lowering your mileage. If you run a little less now, hopefully you’ll recover quicker and feel better in a week; but if you push yourself too much, you may also end up feeling even worse. And of course, if you have a fever or are suffering from dizziness or nausea, just stop already. A day or two off won’t kill you and it won’t make you lose much of whatever fitness you’ve built up.

Besides, the best thing for your body when you’re sick is getting more rest.

Sometimes common sense is the best medicine.


Starts and stops:

The third annual Run for Ricey 5K is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at the Samuel Brown Elementary School, 150 Lynn St., Peabody. The race honors fallen Peabody firefighter James Rice, who died while fighting a house fire in 2011. All proceeds benefit the James Rice Memorial Fund. A 1-mile fun run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 5K race at 9 a.m. For the second year, there is a Firefighter Division. Visit for more information and to register online.

Another great Peabody race is scheduled for Sunday, May 11: The fourth annual Patrick Downey 5K. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Leather City Common, Lowell Street. The race raises awareness of esophageal cancer and all proceeds benefit the Patrick Downey Foundation. Visit for more information and to register.


On the Run is a biweekly column about the North Shore running scene. Send any questions, comments, or news to

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