Sick on a Race Week

by tinareale on December 6, 2012

I planned to have a training recap and update since switching over to the Rock N Roll New Orleans half marathon instead of the full. My body, though, missed the message and felt the need to continue its revolt against running. It wanted to get sick instead. So I don’t really have much of a training update.

I spent this past Saturday through Monday fighting off a cold and got in some less than stellar workouts. I went by the “above the neck” rule and still exercised since it was mostly congestion/sore throat/headaches plaguing me. Then, it went down from there with a low grade fever, body aches, and feeling dizzy if I tried to move too fast or suddenly. Yea. No running for me.

Let’s hope this clears up before Saturday. I have a half marathon to run!

I had hoped to PR in Kiawah, but I’m certainly not planning on that now. Right now I’ll consider being able to breathe come race day a victory in itself. Luckily, I woke up this morning feeling a lot better than I have all week. Hopefully that means I am on the mend! I’m still a little foggy headed though, so in the spirit of race week I have a fun little running survey I stole from Madeline for today’s post. Sounds good to me!

10 Running Tidbits Survey

1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

I have honestly cut back on the amount of fuel I take on long runs. I generally only take something for runs longer than 10 miles lately and then on race days. I have discovered that my body really only handles Gu well. I have a hard time chewing while running and then having to work harder to digest the solids makes my stomach cramp. Although I will say that I only like the vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and espresso flavors. The fruit flavors make me G-A-G!

2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

Half marathons! I love them and plan on focusing on them over marathons for a long while. I like endurance type running so I can enjoy the race experience longer, but I don’t feel like death at the end of a half like I did after my full marathon. Win. Win.

3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?

I prefer running shorts – more specifically Oiselle distance shorts. Although I have really grown to love my skirt from Running Skirts as well. It’s so comfortable! 

4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

Water with a Nuun tablet. When I tried Nuun at an expo I thought it tasted disgusting. Then, I won some in a giveaway and tried it while on a run. SO GOOD! I guess when your body needs electrolytes it tastes a lot better? I do need to find these pink lemonade and grape flavors that Madeline speaks of, though.

5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?

Well, I prefer the 50s for running, but between hot or cold? COLD by far wins out for me. Probably because cold here in the south isn’t all that cold.

6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or Other?

Haha. I laugh at the shoe question. I’ve tried them ALL. My feet seem to really like the Saucony Rides best right now. Although, I do really like the Brooks PureFlows as well.

7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

The typical pre-run meal of a carb (I’m not choosy but do like english muffins best) and a smear of peanut butter. I have also used larabars with success before runs.

8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?

I always aim for one full day of rest per week. Otherwise my workouts suffer greatly.

9.  Music: Have to have it or go without it?

I’m a music lover! I put on worship music typically and it keeps me going.

10.  #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?

Hmmm? All of the above? Ha! My main reason is because it helps me appreciate my body for what it can do. It’s the only workout that provides that for me. I always use it as a source of stress relief and because I certainly LOVE to race. And forget about the cupcakes. What about the beer?

Kidding. Sorta.

Your Turn: If you’re a runner, what is your favorite race length? For everyone, what is your favorite cold remedy? I’ve been taking Emergen-C, drinking tea, *trying* to rest…


1 Meredith @ DareYouTo December 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

Fun questions :) Feel better! Hope you’re well for your race

2 lindsay December 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

praying that you feel better. I hate it when that happens before a race. Ugh.
But you are right, just get through it. PR will happen at another race. And it will happen!

3 michelle December 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

Hope that you feel better!

I agree about preferring cold weather over hot weather when it comes to running. With cold weather, you can bundle up but when it’s hot out, it’s just miserable for me

4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

When will you be heading to Charleston?? If you’re there on Friday, let me know because I’m free most of the day, just running errands!

5 Stacy @ Stacy Eats December 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

Ugh getting sick right before a race is not cool. Hope you feel much better by Saturday!
My favorite race distance is the half as well. You get to do long runs but also work on speed.
Drink plenty of fluids, my faves are tangerine emergen-c and green tea!

6 Beth @ Lessons Life Teaches Me December 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

I have yet to run over a 15K, but I liked that distance over a 5K. Just feels like I could really get into the zone of running with the longer distance. My goal in 2013 is to run my first half.
Last year teaching, I used Emergen-C weekly at some points. I always seemed to be fighting something. I would take one packet, and spread it over two 20 oz water bottles to keep hydration up. Hope you feel better soon!!

7 Lee December 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

I hope you feel better by this weekend. Just take it easy and don’t try to work out. You will be able to run the race without getting in more training runs.

My favorite distance is the often neglected 15K. I feel more accomplished than if I did a 10K, but I don’t feel the need to veg out on the couch for the remainder of the day like I do after a half.

8 Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family December 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

It’s fun to see that we have many similar answers! We will be heading to Atlanta for a weekend this spring … we MUST meet up :)

9 Lindsay's List December 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

you will get better. you will get better. you will get better!

10 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

I really hope you feel better. Hopefully a few good nights of sleep will help you kick it.

Side note… beer > cupcakes ;)

11 [email protected] Palate December 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

If you can get pure ascorbic acid and take 1-2g three times a day (yes 1000mg – 2000mg!), also grapefruit seed extract is great if it’s turned into a bacterial infection like strep throat! Plenty of warm fluids and also chewing a couple of cloves of garlic – hold them in the side of your mouth and every so often bite down to release it’s goodness! Hope you feel better soon! I’m in the same boat this week but I don’t have a race to contend with!

12 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

I hope you feel better!! I love this survey, I may have to steal it! As for why I run its definitely for all of the above as well haha

13 Ericka @ The Sweet Life December 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love that you are doing Kiawah! I actually used to work there when I lived in Charleston. It’s sooo gorgeous and I miss it all the time. Have considered signing up for the marthon just for an excuse to go. Will be looking forward to the recap!

14 Jess December 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

Ohh friend, rest up! Lots of water and emergen-c are my go-to. Plus tons of extra sleep. I hope you snap out of it soon!!

PS love why you run…I’d have to totally agree with you; the one workout that truly reminds you to be grateful for being ABLE. It’s a beautiful thing.

15 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige December 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

Oh no! I hope you feel better, Tina!
I’ve been feeling off the last few days – but I still haven’t been getting any worse. I can’t decide if I’ve developed allergies or I’m actually getting sick, but have been playing it safe with exercise (or lack thereof, haha) Hopefully it goes away soon!

16 Steph @fitmomtraining December 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

Love this! I might have to steal it for me! I hope you feel better soon. We’ve been battling sore throats, colds, fevers and more for the last 6 weeks. I’m glad I don’t have any races lined up because there is no way I’d be ready for them!

17 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh no! I hope you get to feeling better pronto! It’s definitely going around these days… :( There will always be another time to PR though.

18 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian December 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

Fun! I did the same survey on my blog today too! I laughed at the shoe question too. I’ve tried them all as well – Nike’s, Brooks, Asics, Mizuno’s, Saucony’s, etc. I’ve been loving Saucony’s lately as well – so comfortable. Feel better!

19 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

Ahhh girl, I hope you start feeling better soon! In my experience, rest is the only thing that helps heal these sorts of things. Hot hot hot hot hot showers also offer a lot of sinus relief if that’s bugging you–clears everything out and all that–and though it may not actually be healing, it at least makes me feel marginally more comfortable. Get well soon!

20 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

Feel better, racing sick is awful! I had a 5K that included stadium stairs over the summer and I got sick the week of; I was glad it was only 5K. I like 5k and 10k distances best, but who knows, maybe with more training I will like longer distances better.

21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

Are you feeling any better today? Drink some kombucha!

22 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

I love the half marathon distance, too! I also have one on Sunday… and it’s supposed to hit 80 degrees here, blech!
Hope you feel better. Maybe all this rest will prepare your legs to fly! :)

23 Carol @ Lucky Zucca December 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

Hope you get to feeling better soon, Tina! So sorry you’re under the weather :(

24 Lisa December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Cold remedies: EmergenC, vitamins, orange juice, Zicam, zinc!

I had H1N1 flu 5 years ago right before my first EVER 5k. I was sick for 2 weeks (like in bed, can barely make it to the bathroom sick) before the race. I had no idea if I’d even be able to run. I did but my energy level was in the toilet and it was the hardest race I’ve ever done, ironically!

25 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Sick on a big week (especially if it includes a race) sucks! It’s terrible when you reallllly don’t want to be sick. Rest up and hopefully you’ll be feeling better soon and do better than you think! :)

26 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m glad you are on the other side of it now. Hope you are feeling 100% better by the weekend so you can enjoy the reace!

27 Amanda December 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Get a VapoInhaler to help clear the congestion! I had a cold last week and tried to drink as much water and tea as I could. When it comes to races the farthest I have done is a 15k, which was a lot of fun!

28 Kathy December 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

All I can say is it sounds like you and I have/had the same thing…it took me almost exactly a week to begin to feel better or normal again…my energy was really zapped hope you get you mojo back in time for the run.

29 Linz @ Itz Linz December 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

half marathons!! feel better!! xoxo

30 [email protected] December 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Awww I hope you feel better!

Half marathons are my fav distance too :)

31 [email protected] December 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I head straight for the Emergen-C when I feel a cold coming on, and if I’m full blown sick I down tea like its my job (green or regular, or both). Hope you feel better! And running in the cool weather is definitely 100x better and easier than running in the heat!

32 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m trying to pick my first 1/2 marathon to participate in in 2013 so for now my race distances completed are 5k and 10k and I think I liked the 10k the best. Maybe the runner’s high was better because of the extra distance? ;)

33 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I hope that you feel better! I loved this survey!

34 Pavement Runner December 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

This could be fun to do… great post!

35 Bek @ Crave December 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I run once in a blue moon- my race length? The shorter the better..I am not a good runner haha!

I’m sorry to read you’re sick- make sure you rest up in the short term, otherwise come Saturday you will be a goner! If you keep pushing yourself you’ll get worse and feel like turd. Excuse the language haha.

Goodluck Sat! :)

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