I guess I'm not as well as I thought I was. I *finally* made it out the door for what was supposed to be an eight mile speed session on the track yesterday. Unfortunately I never made it past the warm up.
I *did* feel good and strong as I started my 3 mile warm up. It felt good to get back on my feet after all the time off. But it wasn't long before my lungs started making these strange gurgling noises and the wheezing began. And with that the coughing started. I had to stop to expel my right lung. My head was throbbing from the coughing, but I got my feet moving forward again and continued. Then, about half a mile later, all of the mucous in my head decided to let go. All at once. The next thing I knew is I had snot all over the place. Then the coughing started again. I though my head was going to explode. I had enough for the day and packed it in as I passed through two miles.
This whole cold/flu thing got me doing some research last night. When will I be okay to run again? Long Beach is coming up in one month (actually 25 days), and I *need* to get back out on the trails.
After some time googling the web, I found was there is no scientific reason for running or resting. One Runner's World article pointed to a study done at Ball State University that showed that training had no effect on the length or severity of colds in an experimental group of runners. The bottom line is the article advises against the following:
(1) Running with a fever: Stay at home if you are running a temperature above 99 degrees (F).
(2) If you have a fever or the flu, hold off until the day after the symptoms disappear and then take it easy for one to two weeks.
(3) If you have full blown sinus infection, hold off running for 72 hours, and then take it easy for a few days.
The overriding theme here is no running with a fever, and then take it easy for a while when coming back. I've had no fever for four or five days now, and based on my incident yesterday, I can tell you I have no full blown sinus infection. With that in mind, I'll give it another go this evening. Maybe something like 4 miles easy. I'll see how I feel afterwards before making up my mind on tomorrow. Crystal Cove here I come!