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Exercise with walking pneumonia?

I have been coughing for about 10 days. It's lightened up since the beginning, but still hanging in there. I have been cough up some yellow gunk.
I have taken it easy in some ways, not in others. I have done easy runs instead of speedwork, continued to cycle, and have skipped swimming. I managed to do my century ride Sunday. I was mostly fine on the bike, but would hack up crap at the rest stops. Mostly avoided the speedwork as the heavy breathing would have had me hacking away.
I went to the doctor, and he sent me for an xray. It was mostly clearn, but there were some faint lines he said might be mucus blockages or something like that. He thought it might be walking pneumonia, and prescribed an antibiotic called Azithromycin. I just took the first two pills.
Can (or should) I still exercise during this? I still have plenty of energy. I also have my half-iron tri in less than 3 weeks.


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I bet that you already know the answer. You just don't want to accept it.


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Please don't, Rob. I went through this in March 2008. I kept running, up to 9 miles, with the *worst* bronchitis. I'd tell myself, "if I can run 9 miles, I'm not really sick". So, so stupid and it really slowed my recovery. Just give in to your illness - take your medication, rest, push fluids, and don't exercise for a week or two. You will come back stronger, refreshed and ready to go.

Or you could keep running and deal with this walking pneumonia for a couple of months. Your choice.

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I have been coughing for about 10 days. It's lightened up since the beginning, but still hanging in there. I have been cough up some yellow gunk.
I have taken it easy in some ways, not in others. I have done easy runs instead of speedwork, continued to cycle, and have skipped swimming. I managed to do my century ride Sunday. I was mostly fine on the bike, but would hack up crap at the rest stops. Mostly avoided the speedwork as the heavy breathing would have had me hacking away.
I went to the doctor, and he sent me for an xray. It was mostly clearn, but there were some faint lines he said might be mucus blockages or something like that. He thought it might be walking pneumonia, and prescribed an antibiotic called Azithromycin. I just took the first two pills.
Can (or should) I still exercise during this? I still have plenty of energy. I also have my half-iron tri in less than 3 weeks.



Nope.  This would fall under the "symptoms below the neck" guideline - if you have anything like fevers, aches, productive cough, nausea, diarrhea, lay off.  Finish your antibiotics (all five days), even if you feel better after a day or two.  And, I actually would expect you still won't be feeling your best for your tri - it can take that long to fully recover from a pneumonia.


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The only symptom I have is the productive cough. So after I finish the antibiotics, I can workout again? So like Sunday?


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The only symptom I have is the productive cough. So after I finish the antibiotics, I can workout again? So like Sunday?


You could work out whenever, but your lungs aren't going to like it anytime real soon - the inflammation from the pneumonia will still persist for a while after treatment.  You may be able to do a lighter, shorter workout, but longer, more intense stuff wouldn't be good yet.


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I guess what is, is. I will take it easy, then hopefully go for a bike ride on Sunday. Hopefully I wont be coughing by then. Thanks!


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