on finishing your HM! Whatever your time, that is a HUGE accomplishment.
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Just be careful. Your health is NOT worth any race. As long as you don't have much of a fever (none preferably) and you aren't coughing or really feeling it in your lungs you should be okay. Try to rest as much as you can before the race and stay hydrated. Don't try to all out go nuts at the race...take your time and listen to your body. Since this is your first HM anything you do will be a PR, right? :) Good luck to you and let us know what you decide to do!
If you are feeling better, but still sick it might be OK, but don't try to run with a chest cold. In the meantime, stay hydrated and get as much rest as you can. I usually stay away from dairy when I'm sick, and I like to make a hot drink with honey and fresh lemon juice. As far as remedies, I usually try to pile on the blankets until I'm sweating a little bit and cook that virus out of my system. 9 times out of 10 I'll feel much better in the morning. I did a 12-mile long run when getting over a cold a few weeks ago and it wasn't that bad, but I didn't try to go all-out. If you're unsure about the HM the morning of the race, they might allow you to switch to a shorter distance so the entry fee isn't a total loss.
Hope you're feeling better and able to run your race!
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Earlier this spring both my sister and I did a race while we were sick. She was recovering from her cold (about day 6) and she decided to stick with her half marathon. Fever was gone but she still had some congestion (but not too heavy - in her nose but not her chest). She decided to "race" for the first 9 miles and then cut back to a slower "long, slow run" pace. She did fine - not a PR but she also didn't make herself worse and she enjoyed it. Note that she's an experienced long distance runner and racer (and a nurse), so she was in a good position to judge her condition and make a call on whether to race.
I was just catching the cold - I caught it the day before. When I woke up on race day, I had only a very slight fever (sister checked; I was 99.1) and was sniffly but not congested and didn't have much of a sore throat. I had already decided to drop down to the 10K (piriformis trouble), and I'm glad I didn't try to run a half. I felt just fine as I ran, although I certainly felt like I had a cold when I was done. I set a PR, but didn't push really hard. I didn't seem to have any adverse consequences from the race. In fact, I think I got over it a bit faster than usual.
We both were quite careful to hydrate before and after, and to get warm asap after running. Also, it was a nice day (sunny, about 45 to start going up to 65) and the race started and finished at a convention center, so we were able to wait indoors where it was warm.
Edited by: EMMANYC at: 10/4/2012 (16:25)
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If you are feeling okay on Sunday, then I would think it would be fine, but if you come down dog sick, you may have to sign up for another one at a latter date. IE think of it as delaying, not failing. Hope you get over your sickness quickly, but if not, I wouldn't do a half marathon if you aren't feeling well.
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Do any of you think I will be ok, I I get off work early today, go home eat some soup and go to bed.....maybe repeat tomorrow if I feel crappy? Mind you I do not get paid sick time for 2 more months, but I want to repair my body...any thoughts? My 1st Half Marathon is Sunday, Ekk!
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