Came down with cold Tuesday night. Healthy otherwise; ran 5.5 miles each Monday & Tuesday. Flu shot a couple of weeks ago; happened to see General Practitioner Tues AM when I was feeling fine! BP 120/78, resting pulse 65, 6'1", 219 pounds at time of checkup. Symptoms, generally weak/achy, low appetite (VERY unusual for me) a little painful coughing, head seems stuffed, but no sneezing/runny nose. No GI pain, but last bowel movement was 25 hours ago. Normally pretty regular 8AM, 4PM. Scheduled to run 13 miles on Sunday; will take it VERY easy and am not afraid to walk or drop out. Use a heart monitor to track pulse. Questions: Diet? Looking for good advice. Not a lot of appetite, but willing to eat whatever. OTC Meds? took 12 hour sudafed and 2x200mg ibuprofen yesterday at 9AM & 9PM. Nothing since. Still feel crummy. Exercise: OK to walk a mile or so today, to tolerance, just to see how it goes? Usually do a 13 mile bike ride day before the half marathon. VERY easy.
Came down with a cold/flu Tuesday night after running 5.5 miles 2 evenings in a row in warm climat (San Jose).
Flu shot 2 weeks ago, some cough/green phlegm, achy, tired, shivvering. temp from 99-100.3.
Anything to do besides rest and quarts of liquids (i have 2 cups on my desk: water, and fresh lemon squeezed into my green tea)?
Questions: what is the prognosis? symptoms for how many days?any OTC medication advice?dietary advice?any markers for NOT run/walking on Sunday?OK to walk a mile today if I'm up to it?
Dr. Robert, thank you for the response. Are sudafed/ibuprofen only for relief of symptoms? I can tough it out, but if they help the body recover quicker, I'm in!
What about my questions re:
Exercise/13 mile run Sunday?
Dr. Robert, thank you for the help!
What about lighter exercise, to tolerance?