I writing because I am faced with a dilema...to run or not to run
I am suffering from a cold that's just a little under two weeks old. I am
running the Chicago Marathon on 10/24. This cold is pulling no punches, the
stuffed head, congested nose, and now a cough (w/some mucus)that is non stop
only when I lie down.
I went to the doctor's a week ago and was told I had your typical "cold".
Questioning the Dr. on this diagnosis because of the dark yellow to green mucus
that was starting to come up, coupled with a history of bronchitis. I was sent
away with the advice to take Sudafed Plus and continue to run.
Unfortunately the cold is hanging tough and this nightly cough is exhausting.
I am suppose to board a plane Friday 10/22 for Chicago...but I wondering if this
is an ill-advised thing to do.
I have been able to run some short distances(nothing over 4 miles). It is the
cough that has the focus of my concern and do not want to turn the cold into
something much more troublesome by running 26.2.
What do you think...am I making too much of this and I should just suck it up
and not worry?
Jim - running 26m requires a significant degree of hydration, and the ability to
maintain stamina for 3-4 hours. Furthermore, even a slightly elevated temp plays
havoc on the durability of your articular cartilage, and 26m will surely lead to
inflammation of a joint or two under the circumstances. My advice - save your
energy for another race. Get well soon!