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What now?!?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:06 pm
by Ruff

I think my half marathon is doomed. It is on Saturday and now I am laid up with a nasty chest cold.

I still intend going to Hanmer Springs for the weekend. And maybe I can change to the walking section, if I cannot run. But I am very disappointed. I haven't run for 3 days. I got sick on Saturday, it is now Monday here.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:18 pm
by ninearms
I think you'll be fine. You've put in the miles already. I ran 45km today and I only ran once last week because of knee issues. That run was about 9km and 4.2km of that was warming up and cooling down. Don't underestimate the power of a solid base (which I think you certainly have).

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:55 pm
by Ruff
Hi nine arms, I'm still deeply under the weather, but keeping my fingers crossed for the weekend. But you live in Leicestershire! I used to live in Loughborough. Many years ago when I was a kid, we owned the bookshop, on the corner just past the library. Corner of Frederick St. I grew up to the sound of the Carrillon.

Now I am in Christchurch New Zealand.

Say hi to Loughborough for me when you next go there.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:33 am
by kallefs
Do not run if you still have an infection in chest or throat on race day, it is not worth the risk. Other than that I hope for a quick recovery and I am sure you will be able to have a great time running the half. Or the next one that comes along if you miss this one.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:57 pm
by Ruff
Kallefs? The risk of what?

It is Wednesday and I feel a lot better today, but I am still coughing.....

There is another half marathon before the winter if I have to miss this one, but this is a trail half through the forests at Hanmer Springs, and the other one is flat and boring ( and popular because it is very fast....and I am NOT) and is an out and back around the airport.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 6:57 am
by kallefs
Training while you have a sore throat or chest can make the infection get to your heart causing major problems. I am not sure how to write this in English but do a search about it and read a bit. If you are feeling better today I am sure you can run on Saturday.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:14 am
by xrodolfox
Do not run if you have any illness mulling around below the neck.
This could make you much much sicker.

Do run if your illness is strictly confined to your head.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:11 pm
by Ruff
Thank you.

Sadly I have taken to coughing up nasty gunk today.

We are still planning on going away, but still not sure about running. Not at all happy about risking my heart. I will go and google information on this.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:28 pm
by hakko
If you train with a viral infection, you can get myocarditis (heart inflammation). Don't do that!

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:57 pm
by Ruff
Well that is it. Today is Friday here and if we are going to the race, we have to go today. Race tomorrow.

But I am still falling asleep all the time, I need a nap after doing the washing up, and everytime I take a deep breath I cough like a drain.

So no race for me.

I am very sad, I was looking forward to a weekend away in the van with the husband, leaving all the kids behind. And it is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, so maybe this is it for van trips for the winter now.

Very sad.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:00 pm
by hakko
Sorry about that. I have had races spoiled too, the worst one from an injury that took months to recover from. It's very frustrating but I think you're doing it right, not risking your health. Maybe you could go away without racing? I hope you'll get better and maybe you'll start enjoying snow running this winter.

Re: What now?!?

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:28 pm
by silver
Bad timing.
Just got to take the sorrow and move on.
I underestimated a chest infection and just spent 6 weeks recovering.
It's put me back a long way. (YMMV)
Hope you revover a lot quicker than I did. (Stil,l I got to gross out the kids with my bright green lung cheese! Got to look for the positives :) )