SHOULD YOU RUN A MARATHON WHEN YOU’RE GETTING OVER THE FLU?
I am making a difficult decision to forego running the 36th Marine Corps Marathon today.
I was sick with the flu earlier this week and I have not been able to run or cross-train all week in hopes that I would recover and kick all the symptoms completely so that I could run my marathon today. I have been doing everything: resting, hydrating, taking extra vitamins and Vitamin C, eating well, hepping myself up with cold/flu meds, mucinex, cough drops and Vitamin C drops, and still, as with every night this week, I was up all night coughing and barely slept.
I’m still coughing. So I am not running the Marine Corps Marathon today.
This Runner’s World article was helpful to me in arriving at this decision:
Also helpful was the “neck” rule mentioned in the article:
“David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, and has run 58 marathons and ultras, uses the ‘neck rule.’ Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.”
I already manage asthma every day.
I think it is smarter to forego attempting to run 26.2 miles today (can I even accomplish that in this condition??? Doubtful), than cause my chest congestion to escalate into a more serious condition affecting my lower respiratory tract and lungs, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or worse, respiratory failure.
So yeah, I’m not running the Marine Corps Marathon today, but I wish all of you great runners out there who are running this fantastic race, a great day and a great race! Have fun!