Monday, November 14, 2011

Can you run away from a cold?

Recently life has gotten hectic, which means running and training has been moved very far down the list of priorities. School, work and moving. This past month, if I wasn't at work or cramming for a test, I was spending every second packing and now unpacking. 

Not running for almost over a month has been havoc on my immune system, and now I'm down with a nasty cold and tonsillitis. So, on top of unpacking, cramming for tests, and work, now I have to do it all being sick and tired, which pounding headaches and a sore throat that prevent me from eating. :( 

But it made me think, when was the last time I got sick? Its been a while. 
I know running keeps my immune system up, even if I'm running in the rain or the cold winter days, I feel that I am invincible. 

I think this is the karma telling me that no matter how busy life gets, always make time to run. Else, I'll be stuck with an ear infection and wads of tissues for 2 weeks.

So.. can you run away from a cold.
I believe you can.


  1. Hey Lily,

    Sorry to hear you're under the weather. I agree with you about running though, but it sometimes gets so hectic. I've learned that despite a crazy schedule, it's best to sneak out for at least 2-3 runs a week even if it's only for 3-4 miles.


    Check out my most recent post for a small challenge.



  2. I didn't know running helped your immune system. Science or personal experience? And I hope you feel better!

  3. Thanks Ken!
    I'm Finally getting better, been close to 3 weeks now. Its been so hard to build back my endurance. :(

    Hi Jess!
    Actually it was from personal experience, BUT after some research, there is some Science behind it as well.

    The lymphatic system in your body, (the stuff that "flushes" out waste and germs, is controlled by you Skeletal muscles. So like your Veins, when you leg/arm falls asleep when you don't move around, your lymphatic capillaries will do the same as well..

    So as you exercise, you have more skeletal muscle contractions and the stronger your muscles are, giving you better blood circulation, AND lymphatic circulation, so more waste is filtered out of your body. Less Waste = Less illness :-D

    Happy Running!