…the week before your race.
First reaction, curse out your body for doing this to you.
Second reaction, figure out a course of action to return to a healthy state asap.
This is what I’m currently going through, as you can see if you look to the right of this post, my 10K count down is closing in, and I have a cold. At first, I was in denial and then when I woke up one morning with my throat feeling like the Sahara desert and my nose like Niagara falls, I knew it was time to take action. This is my get over a cold quick course of action:
Step 1: fluids. lots and lots of fluids. So many fluids that you basically just want to chill in the bathroom to spare yourself the back and forth trips. This is a particularly hard step when you have an office job – my co-workers probably think I was having other bathroom issues.
Step 2: Emergen-C. In the morning, I double fist my coffee with this little packet of highly potent vitamin C.
Step 3: Cold-EEZE. These are special cough drops that are clinically proven to shorten the length of a cold. I swear by these little guys. Make sure to read the directions on the box first though- they aren’t like regular cough drops…they have highly dose of meds and DO NOT chew them…take it from my personal experience, it hurts. bad,
Step 4: Take your runs easy. I go a little crazy if I don’t get my runs in. So for me, I’d rather suffer through a slow paced, highly snot filled run than lay around on that couch with tissues stuffed up my nostrils. That being said, don’t over do it. Listen to what your body can handle.
Step 5: Get lots of sleep. I usually go to bed pretty early and wake up before the sun rises so I can get a run in before work because I hate putting my run off until later in the day, but when I’m sick, sleep takes priority. So that extra hour and half of sleep in the morning is really important, and I just run in the evenings.
I’ve been doing this regimen since Monday. Not totally better yet, but loads better than I would be feeling if I was just laying on the couch with those tissues. i still have 2 more full days until my race, so hopefully I’m recovered enough to not completely die on mile 1.
So what about you? Do you have a secret to getting over a cold quickly before a race?