Is It Okay To Run While Sick?

Coach Hillary Kigar advises on when it's okay to run while sick and when you're better off focusing on your recovery by staying in bed.

NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training—especially when it comes to whether or not you should run while sick.

If you’re sick, do you have any guidelines for when to train or race versus when to take it easy? I don’t want to make myself more sick.

A good rule of thumb is if you are feeling sick with symptoms from your neck down—sore throat, coughing or stomach pain—take it easy and give yourself some rest. The faster you recover, the sooner you can be back at it. If you have what feels like a head cold, many times going on a run can help loosen up some of the nasal congestion, and you might feel a little better after the run. No matter what your symptoms, remember that the only thing that really helps is rest. Rest hard so you can get back to running hard!