>I’m t-minus 5 days until my first “big” race of the year – the 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to End Breast Cancer. Generally, at this juncture I am excited, well-rested, and feeling like I’m at or close to peaking. Well, today I’m feeling achy, stuffy, sneezy, coughy, and congested.
I have a cold.
It’s not just any cold, either. It’s a full-blown, 15-pound bowling-ball-on-my-chest, hacking-until-my-back-hurts, I-want-to-stay-curled-up-in-my-bed kind of cold. The kind you’re not supposed to exercise with. (You know the adage…”ok to exercise if it’s above the neck, no-go if it’s below”).
Frankly, it’s not surprising that Mr. Mucus decided to show up and crash my marathon party. I’ve been totally burning the candle at both ends. Work has been….significant. Over the past ten days I’ve had some additional stress related to a family medical issue (which, thankfully, appears to be resolved). I haven’t slept much. I sure as hell haven’t been eating well.
So now, I’m 120 hours away from my race, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to toe the line. If the race were today – I’d pull a Chrissie Wellington. I’m optimistic I’ll be better by Sunday morning. I have plans on sleeping well this week. I am going to hydrate as if I were a camel. I’m going to eat fruits and veggies as if I were a vegetarian who just escaped from a Brazilian steakhouse. Vitamins will be my friend. I’ve decided that unless I feel significantly worse, I’m not going to visit a doctor. I am positive this is a viral thing – and there’s nothing a doctor can do about a cold virus except tell me to do what I’ve outlined above.
I’m open to suggestions – what do you do to expedite the course of the common cold? Let me know – it it’s not too outlandish, I might just give it a try!