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by leandre on January 17, 2013 · 49 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congrats to Steve W who won last week’s GIVEAWAY THURSDAY for a KBVCM running jacket! Thanks to everyone who shared their mileage-tracking methodologies. I was totally surprised by the variety of your responses and look forward to investigating some apps and websites I didn’t know existed. For now though, I’ll leave the Garmin wearing to my running partners.

It’s barely still Thursday, so in the interest of time, we’re keeping this post short.

Hopefully you saw the exciting news: we selected 5 finalists for our 2013 Rookie contest! This is an awesome crew and I’m pretty thankful that although we reserved the right to make the final call, we’re relying on your votes to give us a winner. I really don’t know how I would choose. We’ll begin posting the finalists submissions tomorrow and the voting starts on Wednesday. Please take a minute to wish our finalists luck and then to vote for the one you most want to hear from on a weekly basis through May.

Thanks to our partners at KeyBank, today we’re giving away a $25 Key Possibilities card. Yep, that’s 25-good-as-cash dollars!  The Key Possibilities card is essentially a pre-loaded debit card and it is good anywhere MasterCard is accepted, including, of course, the RunVermont Store.

To Enter:

It seems like everyone we know is sick, is getting over being sick or is talking about how they know they’re getting sick. So far, the RVT team has been spared. (We’re chalking that up to the immunities we built last year as a result of a death-like illness that took all but one of us down one-by-one. In May. Yeah, we’re owed a winter for health after that one.)

So tell us: Do you run when you’re sick? What’s your rule about how miserable you have to feel not to run?

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, January 23; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, January 24.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)



{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly January 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

If I have a fever – NO. If I am stuffy I will try- it usually clears while running, but not if its the flu- been there done that when I was training for my first Boston. NOT a good idea….

2 Sam January 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

If I can’t breathe, I can’t run

3 Shawn January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Depends on type of illness and how I feel. Listen to my body, and it tells me if a run would boost or hinder my immune system. Highly variable.

4 Shawn January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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5 Sam January 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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6 Sam January 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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9 Shawn January 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

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10 Cindy anderson January 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I do a fast walk up steep incline. On my death bed is when i wont run.

11 Lesley January 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Usually once I get going my head clears out and I feel better. A high fever or vomiting keeps me home.

12 Lesley January 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

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13 Patricia Crocker January 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I was starting to come down with a cold this weekend. I tried to figure out if I should run or not. I decided to take it easy and go slow. I worked up a sweat though and this was the shortest cold I have ever had. I’m convinced the exercise made it short. I would not run if I had a fever.

14 Corey January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

If I have a fever, no running. If it’s a cold, I may do some easy workouts, but nothing major. Tons of fluids, rest, and elderberry syrup!

15 Corey January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

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16 Adam January 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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17 Adam January 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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18 Adam January 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I had a cold a week or so ago. It was brutal and debilitating. I would say the number one thing that stops me is when my body temp is abnormal. Anyways, I ran while sick and it was crazy how much it messed me up.

19 Mike January 18, 2013 at 4:38 am

SLEEP! Will not run if running a fever and if minus zero like this morning.morning

20 Rachel January 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

I have a cold of some sort right now! If I’m feverish and have body aches then I won’t run. If I’m still able to breathe somewhat properly or if it’s just a runny nose I’ll be in the gym running. I never run outside when I have a cold though, that’s just a recipe for disaster!

21 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

If I have a fever, I won’t run. Just a cold, I will run, usually it clears itself up quickly once I get going.

22 Ashley January 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

I run when I have a cold!

23 Ashley January 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

I am a follower of the Run Down on RSS.

24 Kim Dickinson January 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

if I’m really sick with a fever, no I won’t run. But stuffy nose, sometimes getting out in the fresh air helps clear out the lungs and the nasty stuff trapped in my lungs – unless its freezing outside, cause that won’t help anyone. It’s a toss up. And I’d keep it to a light jog just to keep the legs stretched. We all know being slightly sick can last for weeks – and that just kills training! I try and run out the illness!!

25 Kim Dickinson January 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

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26 Kim Dickinson January 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

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27 Kim Dickinson January 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

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28 Amy January 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

Basically a fever, a bad fever. Ugh, stay healthy out there!

29 Amy January 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

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30 Amy January 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

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31 Susan January 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

Haven’t really gotten sick much since I started running 3 years ago! But I run unless I have a fever or can’t be too far from a bathroom.

32 Susan January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am


33 rachel January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

If I’m feeling horrible, I don’t. But most of the time, I’ll do a light run and not push myself too hard.

34 Jen January 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I usually only run when sick if its just a cold–runny nose, stuffy, etc. but i don’t if i have fever, chills, or stomach upsets! then its time to rest!

35 Chad January 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Head cold/sinus infection = run and farmer blow it out
Respiratory/GI/fever = no running, sleep it off

36 Chad January 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Follower (but more a leader ;-)

37 Emily January 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

If I’m running a temperature or feel awful to the point where I have stayed home from work, I skip the run. Otherwise, I might try to take it easy (cross train or slow/short run) if I’m feeling bad.

38 Forrest January 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I don’t run if I am sleep deprived or when I’m coughing. Running when I’m sick tends to make it worse so I have to be careful

39 Forrest January 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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40 Forrest January 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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42 jeevon kay January 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I do not run when I’m sick. I feel tired, cough and feel out of breath if I run when I’m sick

43 Krissy January 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I will run, but not as far or as fast as my usual pace when I am sick.

44 Matt Cappy January 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

All depends on what my illness is. If its above my neck (like sinus congestion, headache, etc) I try to get out and run even if it is a short run. If it is below my chest (like a chest congestion or a stomach bug) then I skip my run

45 Matt Cappy January 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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46 Matt Cappy January 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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48 lisa fine @ vermont vittles January 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

I usually don’t run if I’m sick (and will walk instead, unless I have a fever), and find it a tricky balance when I have a cough – I often feel up to running, but take it easy.

I find the best preventative measure to getting sick, though, is to run! I definitely stay healthier when I get outside three days a week for my runs.

49 Lauren Fowler January 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

If it’s just a cold, I may run, but if I have symptoms (bad cough, fever, etc.), I skip out and rest. Either way – I get more sleep, so I recover faster and can run again!

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