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Bradb1 Amateur 24 posts since
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Mar 23, 2010 11:45 AM

Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

I ran the ING GA. marathon  this past Sunday.  I trained hard for this event  hoping to run it in 1:35-1:40.  On Wednesday I woke up with a sore throat and some sinus problems. By Thursday my sinuses were completely stuffed up.  I went to my doctor and they told me I had a sinus infection.  Part of the joys of working in a small office with outdated ventilation. I was the last one at work to get it.  I felt horrible leading up to the event.  On Sunday I woke up and felt ok,  I was on my way to the race when I started to get real nauseated.  After I got to the race venue, I was vomiting and had some other GI issues.  Let's just say Happy Can was not too happy when I was done.   After losing the contents of my stomach, which at first I thought were nerves, I went to the start corrals and waited to get going.  I felt all right for the first three miles, but soon after I felt very dehydrated, hot and sluggish.  By mile six I was throwing up again.  I was drinking a little Gatorade and cups of water during the run.  I just kept moving.  Other than the pit stop at mile, 6 I was able to keep running the whole time.  Every mile felt like it took forever .  I managed to keep pace with the 1:45 runners until mile 12 and lost them.  I ended up finishing at 1:48:30.  This was the closest I have ever come to not finishing an event.  At the finish, I thanked every volunteer I could find, and the finisher/survivor medal means a lot more to me than I thought it would.   

  • nikkicarr1 Legend 315 posts since
    Apr 28, 2009
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    1. Mar 23, 2010 2:02 PM (in response to Bradb1)
    Re: Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

    That is some serious dedication and WTG on the time If I am sick come dec 5 2010 I hope I can suck it up and still run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    2009: Opperation Troop Appreciation 5k oct 29:44 (first race), Greensburg Turkey Trot 5k nove 31:09

    2010: On Deck for the Cure sprint 1mi 1-4 9:00, Race for Grace 5k 3-20 32:11, Yough River Council 1/2 marathon 4-10 2:16:39 (goal for 1st 1/2 2:25) 3rd in AG, Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure 5k 5-9 30:08, Jerry Mahar Jr Parkinsons Awareness 5k 6-5-10 29:28 6th in AG

    Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon 12-5 5:01:?? FIRST FULL MARATHON (with calf tear)

    2011: Race for Grace 5k 3-19 30:56, Alpha Fitness 5k 4-9 28:57 8th in AG, Pittsburgh Half Marathon 5-14 2:17:52, 9/11 Heroes Run 5k 9-11 27:34 (PR) 5th in AG, Pittsburgh ZooZilla 5k 10-2 28:03, Greenburg 5k Turkey Trot 11-24 28:35

    NEXT PLANNED EVENT: Race for Grace 5k 3-31-2012, Pittsburgh Marathon 5-6-2012, Great Race 10K 9-30-2012

  • Runnergal262 Legend 514 posts since
    Sep 1, 2009
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    2. Mar 23, 2010 3:28 PM (in response to Bradb1)
    Re: Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

    I ran my very first 1/2 marathon with a case of body aches and pains a sore throat and sniffly nose. Hardly thought I'd make it off the couch much less to the start line, then omg... didn't even think about how to get to the finish....

    Was I nervous about it?  You bet.  A basket case.  Had to ask my run club coach to talk me into it.  No kiddin.. PS- Jeff "Boston" Bostow if you are out there, thanks again for doing it...from me "Smokin' Hot"...yah yah..  moving to my point now

    The outcome- near to my goal time, 2:02 and change...not my current PR.

    The real outcome- I was sicker than a dog for about a week after but as for the race, I was absolutely fine after about five steps into it...

    I came packed with halls and other items to help but didn't need them...

  • CDR Spencer Moseley Pro 167 posts since
    Mar 20, 2008
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    3. Mar 23, 2010 3:45 PM (in response to Bradb1)
    Re: Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

    I would.


    I have run a full marathon with a serious chest cold.  I finished but with a sucky time but I trained so long and hard for the run that I had to do the run.  Took it easy and realized that I was putting myself into a world of hurt, but I finished.


    Good job on finishing!


    Just like your medal, mine that I "won" while running when sick means a lot more than the others.

  • grid-rider Legend 235 posts since
    Sep 5, 2009
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    4. Mar 23, 2010 3:58 PM (in response to Bradb1)
    Re: Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

    Spring is cluster headache time for me...Sat night I took Alka-Seltzer plus Cold night...Sunday took Non Drowsy. Ran 1:44 because I had to use the toilet at mile 1...seemed to work though.

  • SarahGNJ Amateur 30 posts since
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    5. Mar 23, 2010 8:15 PM (in response to Bradb1)
    Re: Would you run a 1/2 Marathon if you were sick?

    I did.  I fell good and sick the day before -- sinus infection, aches, fever, unhappy stomach issues.  Ibuprofen got me to the starting line.  Stomach issues and a severe port-a-potty shortage at this particular race meant I ran the second half of the race in tears and discomfort.  I also became severely chilled post-race and shivered uncontrollably all the way home despite dry clothes, multiple blankets and a heated car seat.


    In retrospect, I would say this:  I would not let a cold stop me from running, but next time I will think twice about running if I have a fever or if I have freaky stomach problems.

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