Not the Taper I Planned

This is my final week before the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, the time that would typically be a taper week.  While tapering does have the power to make people go a little mad with the reduced mileage and extra time lounging around, my taper isn’t going how I had planned.

I ran on Sunday, my final longish run before the race.  I felt a little niggling in the back of my throat, but the run was fine.  But the week has been downhill since that point.

Monday I woke up with a full-on sore throat.
Tuesday my throat hurt and my nose was draining like a faucet.
Wednesday (today) I’m starting to cough a little.

Due to all of this, I have not run.  I didn’t exactly want an elimination in miles this week, but if that’s what I have to do then I’m reluctantly resigned to that.  I so wanted to do well in this race and getting sick this week has really felt like a blow.

I’m blaming my husband’s job for this cold.  He had to go sit in closely confined quarters with two sick co-workers in Tucson for a couple weeks and then brought that back home.  He was sick last week and now it’s been passed on to me.  Bleh…

I’m popping Vitamin C, sucking on nasty Cold-eeze lozenges and drinking all day (water & tea people, no alcohol coma on top of this!) in hopes of knocking it out so I run my race early Sunday morning!


  1. That is crappy- but I feel ya. I did the same thing right before my Philly half- drank lots of tea and NAKED drinks and rested. I did feel okay by race day, but turns out I was running with a double ear infection! Go figure! I really hope you are feeling better by the weekend, I know you are looking forward to this!

  2. You could try putting castor oil in your ears (homeopathic remedy), also using ear candles (at your local health food store), and steaming yourself in the shower. And of course, tons and tons of rest.

    I’m in “elimination” mode myself right now too, unfortunately, but will be ready on Sunday. 🙂

    • I’ve never been an Airborne user… but Emergen-C is kind of my equivalent. I’m actually a staunch advocate for the placebo effect… the power of the mind can do amazing things!

  3. Better to go in undertrained than to go in overtrained and injured, try to look at it like that. I’m so sorry you’re feeling so badly. And I saw your tweet the other day – you MUST really take the sick time for yourself when you’re sick. The job will always be there, especially because you telecommute.

    I hope you can recover by the weekend. If nothing else, this helps ensure the shins are really raring to go this weekend, right?

    • You’re so right, this is a nice rest for my shins just to make sure I’m really good and ready. Now as long as my lungs hold up, I should be fine!

      I’m so bad with taking the time away from the job when sick, especially because I telecommute. The job is ALWAYS there… it’s kind of a double-edged sword from the phrasing you used! 🙂

  4. Oh no! Getting sick right before a race is an old trick of mine, so I definitely feel your pain. Rest up as much as you can and keep downing those fluids! I hope you feel better by race day! Good luck!! 🙂

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