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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

running and the immune system Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:03 pm 

We've seen some news in the past about how a long, hard run or race can supress the immune system for up to a day afterwards. Well, I'm living proof of that now! Before Sunday's marathon, I was feeling a bit sick with some minor cold symptoms. Post-marathon yesterday and today, I've been completely leveled by this cold! My throat is so sore and swollen, it's practically swollen shut and I can barely talk. Doh!!

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: running and the immune system Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:59 pm 

RIckshaw, if it's realldy sore you might want to arrange a doctor visit to check for Strep. I've gotten it in the past a couple times during periods of intense workouts when I wasn't eating or resting well. I don't know if I got a cold first and then Strep or if they both came at the same time. One of my three daugthers has come down with it each year for the past four or so years, during soccer or lacrosse season. It's more common that many people think. We've been takig extra care this year to make sure they eat and rest better and so far no Strep.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: running and the immune system Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:02 am 

i can vouch for that. the only time i've gotten sick in the last two years was after NY last fall and i wasn't feeling sick leading up to the race like you. go get some drugs and i hope you feel better soon...

Pretender
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: running and the immune system Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:47 am 

Congrats on doing the marathon. Pretty nice time for a sickee! I hate saying this, and you probably already know this, but you probably should have skipped the marathon since you had felt so under the weather leading up to it. Running it wiped out any remnants of an immune system you had working for you! :o)

Having said that, I'm not sure how to avoid it. The training will do it to you, so I guess just wash your hands alot and avoid sick people. I hope you get better soon Rickshaw!


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: running and the immune system Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 9:51 am 

Thanks everyone. I'm feeling somewhat better today after switching cold medicines. I don't think I have strep, but if it persists much longer I will go visit the doctor.

It's funny, yesterday afternoon I had a phone interview for a job, and I could barely talk. I was alternating croaking and whispering. The guy I was talking with must have thought I was pretty strange.

Pretender, I did consider not running on Sunday. But at the time, my cold symptoms were pretty minor, and I mostly just felt tired. On race morning I actually felt fine, so I decided to go for it.


terrysquier

Canon City, CO
Joined: 09 Jan 2005
Posts: 44

Re: running and the immune system Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:23 pm 

Get well soon, Rickshaw.

Terry


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