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A Cold…In The Summer…WTF?

July 21, 2012

Since just before my treadmill mountain marathon on Thursday, I felt a little tingle/soreness in my throat. It’s gotten progressively worse since then. Though my wife finds my newly found Barry White voice attractive, it makes no sense in getting a sinus cold this time of year. Since I was young, I’ve tended to get a good sinus cold every winter. Of course, growing up in the northern climates is conducive to winter time colds. This year has been unusual. I escaped the winter without a cold. So, I guess it makes perfect sense to get one in July. However, since it’s just a mild sinus cold at this point, I’m going to try to outrun this one. Here’s today’s workout:

Distance: 8 miles

Time: 1:10:32 (8:49/mile)

For a 3-hour marathon target, I tend to run my “easy” runs around 8-8:30/mile. With the heavy summer heat, the tendency has been towards the slower end of that range. My first few miles were at or over 9:00/mile, but I was able to ease into some 8:30’s by the end. I didn’t really care what my pace was as I didn’t want to blow my chance for doing my long run tomorrow.

For the record, I did find some science that may support some running in my current state. Runner’s World has this to say about the matter. Basically, colds/symptoms in  your neck and above may be okay to continue some running. Anything that is in your chest or below will likely require some time off. I run on…


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  1. Glad I found your blog. I heading out for the Ascent as well. Looking forward to it. I would like to say I’ve put in the work, but not near what you are posting. 20-30 miles per week. But I have been hitting the treadmill hard 10% grade for 45 minute chunks at about 4-5mph clips. Don’t get me wrong, I have to back off and speed up but I figure I’ll do plenty of that next month. I’m adding some step up work every other day to prep for the “golden stairs”. Just hoping to finish with a smile on my face. My every-race goal.

    • Thanks for connecting, Tom! Have you done the Ascent before? I’m trying to find that balance between doing enough to finish and have fun at the Ascent, but not get too far off track for my fall marathon that has me peaking (no pun intended) about a month after the Ascent. You’re definitely ahead me on the “stairs.” I was going to do some stair work after my treadmill marathon, but was tired. I figure working in 10-20 minute stair reps 1x/week should be plenty. Now, I just have to do it. I hope the rest of your training goes well and I’ll maybe cross paths with you out there.

  2. Tom permalink

    I haven’t ever done the Ascent so its hard to say what its going to be like but Its going to be a heck of an experience one way or another! Good luck out there!

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