Around Christmas i got a virus or flu, not quite sure but felt sick, shivers, cold, hot, lasted about 10 days in total and i didn't run for two weeks despite training for a marathon. Prior to Christmas i was in great form and training going brilliantly. Ince then i have either had this virus continuously and sometimes dormant or four separate viruses and each time i do a long run (unavoidable when i'm not even managing the miniumum weekly mileage) it gets worse.
Two weeks ago i was not feeling 100%, more like 75% and i did the 15 mile option of the Belvoir Challenge and it was like i was running with concrete shoes and through treacle, so hard and i was dripping with sweat on a cold day, i just felt awful. The day after i had a full-on illness that lasted right through last weekend, i missed 9 days of running. I finally started to feel better on Tueday and did 4 miles, then 8, they were ok, i felt like i'd turned a corner. Next day i did 14 and although harder was ok. then yesterday i did 4 that seemed murderous and today i feel really ill, kidneys hurt, legs ache, utterly fatigued. I went to the dorctors after my 8 mile run and he said i was ok, just showing signs of 'community born virus'.
My marathon is next Sunday in Rome.
What should i do?
I think that is a wise bit of advice, i sort of know it already. I keep having visions of crawling on my hands and bloody knees 4 hours later than my anticipated time. I think it's highly unlikely i will have got this thing out of my system by next weekend and i have not been over 18 miles in my training.
A friend suggested glandular fever last night. i know i have never had it before, but on reading about it i have some of the symptoms but i don't have the swollen glands bit, just sore throat, shivers, feel sick, ache, sweats, but worst of all no energy. That 15 mile race a few weeks back was twice as hard as a marathon i did last year.
I have withdrawn from the race and i plan to go to the doctor tomorrow. It is some form of virus i have, as i sit here typing i have palpitations, or a strange sort of fluttering in my chest. I put my HRM on for an hour or so last night as i was tidying the kitchen and my resting HR was between 70 - 84bpm which suprised me as i thought it would be way up there given the sensation in my chest.
How long should i stop running for before i aim for another marathon maybe in the summer? I did the Lake Coniston one last summer and really enjoyed that and it would be a great one to get fit for again, but i have to make sure i'm over whateve it is i have.
I have the blood test and ECG and they have come back clear. I'm at a bit of a loss as to why i feel so bad almost a week on from when i started to feel so ill. Last weekend was horrendoes, chest pains, pains in arms, kidneys hurting and muscles hurting. I have an appointment to see my doctor next week to try and find out what i have, but at least i'm clear of heart and blood issues.
Can a virus last over three months?
I'be got more sense and comfort from that email than from any Drs, family, friends in the past three weeks.
I am wondering if the way i started out my marathon training back in late November is the culprit. I did the Rome marathon in 4.31 last year and aimed for 3.45 this year, fed the schedule into my Garmin and had a tough time keeping to it until on Dec 20th or so came down with the virus/flu or whatever it was. Didn't run for two weeks. So perhaps my immunity was low and i dodn't do the right things to build it up.
"A virus of whatever description will only last a few days?"
Excuse me? HIV? Human Immunodeficiency VIRUS?
Plook - Don't worry, I'm not suggesting you have HIV, just saying that some viruses can and do last a LOT longer than 'a few days'. A bad bout of flu many years ago kept me in bed for a fortnight and feeling weak and sickly for another two months afterwards! Hope you are feeling better soon...
Well, many weeks later and i can report that i was a bit premature in saying that i was starting to feel better as it came back and put me right back to the start. Now i am 4 days into feeling normal and i finally think that whatever it was is finally leaving me, but i ddn't do the Rome marathon, didn't do Dambusters 10M and have only run once in the past 7 weeks - 2 miles yesterday with no ill effects other than being totally out of shape, so this weekend i start from scratch, very slowly and gradually.
It's the weirdest, vaguest and most frustrating illnes i have ever had and has made my life a misery. Every test i had at the Dr came back normal, ECG, blood, urine, 'poo'. I was convinced i had a bladder infection two weeks ago becuase i had a pain between lower abdomen and bladder and around my kidneys. Actually, i was convinced i had many things throughout this time.
Has anyone ever had anything like this lasting so long, or coming and going?
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