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e_3_diver Rookie 3 posts since
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Jul 27, 2012 1:23 PM

sick?  now?

I am running my first full marathon this weekend, and i'm getting a cold.  I've got the sniffles, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, but luckily no chest congestion or cough.  I've been taking zinc for the past 2 days, but wanted to see if there who else has had to deal with this right before a huge race, and what they've done for it.  Obviously rest, fluids, vitamins....but I want to know if there's anything extra you've done that has helped.

Thanks for any input!

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    1. Jul 27, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to e_3_diver)
    sick? now?

    Not exactly uncommon, but usually starts earlier, like 5 to 8 days before.  You may find that it clears up by race day.  BUT . . . be careful after the marathon, when you will be more susceptible due to a slightly depressed immune system.  Treat yourself well the week after.




  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
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    2. Jul 27, 2012 6:17 PM (in response to lenzlaw)
    sick? now?

    Yes, I got my miserable cold right after my May Marathon. 


    Good luck, Diver!

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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    3. Jul 27, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to e_3_diver)
    sick? now?

    Usually a generic cold will run its course in about a week. You're already doing a lot of the right things to prop up your immune system - you want to prevent a potentially more serious secondary infection. (Although be careful using zinc - some of the topically applied nasal gels and sprays can do permanent damage to your sense of smell - see for example   ).

    Also stay away from other people who are sick so that you don't pick up what they've got and compound the problem.

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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    4. Jul 28, 2012 1:09 PM (in response to e_3_diver)
    sick? now?

    I agree with the other expert adivce and it sounds like you are doing what in necessary to avoid the progression.  I would continue with the Zicam, increase vitamins C & A, and add Echinacea, while increasing hot liquids in the evening (green tea with honey, home-made chicken-noodle soup and so on).


    Also, consider some rock and rye with some lemon and orange, cherry and/or pineapple juice.  I am usually hesitant to recommend whiskey, but the right combination really does assist with symptoms and there are some magical benefits with small doses mixed correctly. 


    Congrats on your first full! 

  • Lochbain Amateur 36 posts since
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    5. Aug 11, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to e_3_diver)
    sick? now?

    I agree with lenzlaw. After my last marathon I got a simple bug that just gave everyone else in the family a fever for a day (except the 6 year old that never even got sick), but put me down with a fever and sore throat for 3 days. Make sure you keep the immune system boosts (vit c,e,a , hydration, rest) up for a week or two after the marathon. Your body is going to recover from the marathon the same way it would as if you had surgery.

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