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Fighting It Off

I woke up in the middle of the night with a raging sore throat. Ugh. Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that it’s very common to get sick after endurance events. MarathonGuide.com says, “After the marathon, your immune status will be depressed. Because of the physiological hit to the immune system created by the stress of running a marathon, colds, flu, and other upper respiratory tract infections are potential problems in the days and weeks that follow.” The marathon coupled with an extremely stressful week created the perfect scenario for me to catch a bug.

I’m ready to fight.

I stopped by Earth Fare after yoga this evening to pick up cold-fighting ammunition. I also packed as many nutrients into my dinner as possible.

Roasted kabocha squash, brussels sprouts and tempeh with barbecue sauce. Whole wheat toast on the side.

About my decision to go to yoga…I was really on the fence given my sore throat and general yucky feeling but I had been looking forward to Suzanne’s class at Charlotte Yoga all weekend. Suzanne was the first yoga teacher in Charlotte whose classes I fell in love with. I used to go to her hot class religiously every Sunday until I was finally attending so many yoga classes over the course of the week that I had to pick a studio to go unlimited. I chose Y2 for a variety of reasons but I miss Suzanne’s class. I have been needing a Suzanne practice all week so I went through with my plans and practiced today. I assure you that I kept it low-key.

We’ll go a little out of order here. We had an awesome sushi spread at Cyros last night. It is by far our favorite spot for sushi in Charlotte.

Then I came home and crashed for almost 10 hours (thank you “fall back!”) but still woke up sick. Sigh…

Brandon requested pancakes this morning and I was happy to oblige.

I used my new favorite pancake recipe and served Brandon’s plain and stirred a little pumpkin into the batter before cooking my pancakes.

I’m off to figure out what I’m teaching for BodyPump tomorrow morning (please, please, please let me feel better), load up on vitamins and rest.

How do you guys beat colds? Anything I must try? I cannot be sick this week. So much going on at work!

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Ashlee November 7, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Recently, I had some congestion that would not go away so I tried Vitamin C and Zinc vitamins. I was really stressed at work and think that my immune system was just in overdrive. it seemed to work.

    • Jen November 8, 2010, 4:03 pm

      I think I’m going to pick up the Emergen-C tonight. I’ve heard good things!

  • S @ extremebalance.net/blog November 7, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Sleep! No stress! And a cup of hot water + the juice of 1 lemon + cayenne pepper + a smashed clove of garlic (don’t have to eat that, though…) + Manuka honey… sounds gross, but is surprisingly tasty. Like healthy neo-citran, with a little heat.

    Feel better soon!

    • Jen November 8, 2010, 4:02 pm

      Thanks for the tip! Sounds like an interesting concoction. Definitely trying to eliminate stress from my life this week!

  • Rebecca November 8, 2010, 4:06 am

    I hope you feel better soon, lots of sleep, hot water with lemon and vitamins, I take a Multi, Vitamin C and a Immune Boosting tablet. My sister-in-law likes to get smoothies with Ginger, Carrot, Lemon, Spinach Leaves and Beetroot.

    • Jen November 8, 2010, 4:06 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! I think I’m going to try Emergen-C tonight. That juice sounds good – there’s a natural foods store near work that makes all of those crazy juices – might have to pick one up!

  • Jen November 8, 2010, 6:34 am

    Hope you feel better soon!!!


  • Kat November 8, 2010, 7:41 am

    Whiskey + Honey. It’s old school but it has worked for generations. It will also help you sleep 🙂

    • Jen November 8, 2010, 4:00 pm

      Um, totally trying this one tonight. Brandon will have to make me a night cap! 🙂

  • Courtney November 8, 2010, 8:07 am

    Epsom salt bath, zinc, wheat grass shots

  • Meredith November 8, 2010, 9:18 am

    I usually use the Zicam cold remedy gel swabs – they have helped me get over a cold faster!

  • Mary Bradley November 8, 2010, 9:43 am

    i agree with the shot of whiskey. and just go ahead and have your doc call in a z-pack. it kills whatever you have instantly. i love those things!

  • Emily November 8, 2010, 10:58 am

    I’ve found that endurance running definitely sends me to sickville. I always do anything I can to get my immune system up and running again, lots of rest, water, nutrients, vitamin c. Feel better soon!

  • Becky November 8, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I swear by rest, tea, and zinc as cold fighting remedies. I dealt with the post-marathon cold and it was pretty yucky, but I think it actually forced me to recover properly. Hope you feel better soon!

  • lindsay November 10, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I am with you, yogi tea and kombucha helps a TON! I can’t handle emergen-C. I think I am the only one that hates it. Hope you get that immunity back up soon. Take care!

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