So today, the throat is more tickly than sore, but I definitely have some chest congestion now. I forced myself to sleep 10 hours (completely countering my whole “get up early to get used to a 7am start time” initiative this week). Yay, t-minus 5 days before the race and I’ve got some sort of bug. At this point, I’m going to throw all my energy into preventing it from getting any worse and hopefully I’ll feel right as rain by Sunday. If I’m being honest with myself, I feel about 80% (and 100% being like my best most awesome ready to get up and bounce around the block day).
The worst thing about it now (besides the chest congestion, which if it’s not cleared up by Sunday, I have worse problems like preventing death), is even with all the rest I’ve had, my body is kinda achey. Monday night my left glute was a little sore (so yes, the THIRD time this training period with the sore butt muscle – and the third time I realized I was slacking a little bit on the yoga/stretching…) and now my lower back is all tense. I usually manifest a little bit of my sickness in my muscle, which normally makes me happy, as it’s not all cold symptoms, and sore muscles I can deal with, but this time – this week is supposed to be able resting them and keeping them loose. I am very much not loose right now.
I’m trying to control the drama in my head, all the “woe is me” thoughts, and realize that this is not the end of the world. I could be DEAD, not sick. I could be in the hospital, and not able to race. The race could be canceled due to a freak alien invasion in which we are to become servants to the little green men or some other natural disaster. I could be injured. There are many, many worse things than a mild sickness early in the week-I’ve got time to rebound.
I am going to be testing the theory that you don’t lose much cardio fitness within a week. I did my baby sprints on Monday, skipped my cross training yesterday, and considering laying off everything but yoga unless I feel 100% until the race. I’m debating on just doing some mild cardio today (walking, arc trainer on a very mild setting) just to try and stay loose, but I know that’s generally not a good idea. But I *feel* fine, and it almost feels like it would help me somehow, so I might try and hop off at the first sign of fatigue/uncomfortableness. EDIT: Did 20 mins really EZ on the arc trainer, feel better after, exhausted now, will let you know tomorrow if I did good or bad.
I am also continuing to allow myself to eat until satiety and fullness. I am not questioning anything nutritious – if I want to eat a whole head of broccoli or some cheese or pistachios or meat, then I’m letting myself. If I start getting pre-occupied with snack food, then I’ll be doing a head check. For example, last night I wanted some chips/popcorn/pretzels/etc. I realized I hadn’t had too many carbs so I let myself graze a little. Then, after dinner, I was craving ice cream. I dug into that and figured out I just wanted something to soothe my throat, so I went for a all-fruit pop that’s 25 calories instead of 170 for the ice cream.
*Staying very hydrated (check)
*Hot tea/water/soup (check)
*Neti pot (tonight – I don’t have a head cold yet but maybe preventative medicine perhaps?)
*Hot water (aka shower) – tonight, I plan on a niiiiice long one.
*Massage – might see if our temp roomie massage therapist might know some good stuff to do for alleviating cold/chest buggies.
*Hot and Spicy Foods – this is no trouble for me *grin*. I’ll just make sure everything is hot like I like.
*Chanting. Ummm, I dunno about this one but I’ll try anything. Zliten already thinks I’m off my rocker.
*Yoga – I searched this because I noticed this morning that my chest really opening up during certain poses, and figure that I might as well add some different poses to my every-day this week program to help get me better!
Now I ask the audience… what do you do to get over minor illnesses? Have you ever run a race doped up on cold medicine or otherwise ill? Any tips for me to be back to myself by Sunday? Any suggestions if I’m still a little under the weather?