How I came back after a cold - it's worked for me!

My last run was 3 weeks ago when I did week 5 run 1. I was about to go for my next run but had a very slight sore throat so I decided to hold off for one day. Thank goodness I did - it turned into a really heavy cold that has only just decided to go away.

I don't run very fast at all and was concerned that running might make me cough so I decided to do a week 1 run again. I didn't cough and am happy my cold has completely gone.

For me that was the right decision as it showed me how much faster, (it's all relative!), I am now running compared to the first time I ran week 1. It boosted my confidence so much that I have decided I will do one day from each week until I reach week 5.

It may be that if I had done week 4 again to test how I feel that might have worked as well - but as there is no rush to get to week 9 I'm happy to redo more runs.

Looking forward to getting back to week 5 and then all the way!



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  • Good luck Golden Oldy... have had to stop for two or three weeks since last wednesday and feeling quite glum about it., especially as I'd just graduated BUT... like you, I'm quite looking forward to re-experiencing the earlier runs as it's a good boost to see how far you've come and how well you can run compared to the complete novice one was :-).

    So thank you for that positive post

    Sara :-)

  • It was a great boost Sara! Having positive experiences count for so much.

    I hope you aren't out fot too long. Look after yourself and let your body tell you when it's ready to go again.

    Good luck when you get back out there.


  • Thanks GoldenOldy... I'm hoping that I can start again in a couple of weeks. Good luck for your progress too :-)

    Sara xox

  • Well done, great post, hope you stay well :-)

  • Sounds very sensible ... well done! You made me feel a bit more positive as I've also been laid low with the lurgy and hope to be back next week, probably on the treadmill now the ice has hit, but will probably try for a shorter distance and hope I can make it. So good luck, and keep on taking it slowly, there is no rush! :)

  • I totally agree, there is no rush!

    Good luck with your run, my advice is just don't try and get out there too soon.

    Hope you're soon feeling better.


  • C25k is the first running I have done for several years and I needed something straightforward having been ill for just over a year. Still not 100% but it sounded like it was within my capacity and would be positive both mentally and physically. Started week 6 last Monday and went down with a cold on Wednesday. Fortunately that has come & gone quickly but I was wondering how far to go back. Based on your plan of three weeks off go back four and see how it feels I will try a week 4 run tomorrow and work from there. Thanks for sharing your experience and good.

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