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By miker2 (Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 09:14:38 AM EST) running, philly marathon, marathon, down with the sickness (all tags)
When sick for four days with a kinda nasty head cold, don't run a marathon.


Backstory:
Got ill on the flight back from San Diego, a nice sore throat which quickly turned into a "my head's gonna esplode" sinus disaster.  Actually took sick time for the first time since the appendix burst, staying home both Thursday and Friday.

As of last night, I was still on the fence about the race.  Normally I'd say 'fuck it' and just do it, but I wanted my first 'only a' marathon to be good (ie, see how close to BQ I could run).

Decided this morning at 0-dark thirty to run the race (made easier since the GF also ran the race).

Get there (quick 25 minutes), do the usual drink-n-piss routine for 45 minutes then the start.

I was planning on running with the 3:20 pacers before I got sick.  Figured the 3:30 pacers would get me through after being unable to do anything for four days.  When the 3:40 pacers passed my about 8 miles in I knew it wasn't going to be a pleasant day.

My HR was high (upper 160's, when I normally run 8:00/mile at 147-153), RPE was high (felt like I was sprinting), and my legs felt weak.

End result: 3:49:xy (final results aren't up yet).

Lesson learned: don't attempt to phone-in a marathon after being sick for four days.

I'm off to replenish the 3000+ kcal I just burned off...

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above/below the neck by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 04:29:50 AM EST
isn't that the standard "when to take a day off" measure ? Below the neck, get better. Above the neck, go for it.

Indeed it is by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 04:36:15 AM EST
And since it was above the neck, I figured I was good, but having four days of not being able to do anything really impacted my performance.

I'll redeem myself next February in Myrtle Beach.


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Congrats on finishing by mmangino (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 04:47:07 AM EST
Sometimes the tough part isn't running a fast race, but in finishing at all!

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