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I'm having a bit of a problem with getting hit with a chest infection just before a marathon (happened 5 times now). I tend to follow the same training plan and have a 3 week taper, with the last week consisting of a couple of short runs and perhaps a swim. During that week, for the last 7 marathons I've trained for, I've ended up picking up a chest infection mid week and either running a poor time, or just accepting I'm not going to make it and pulling out. It's all a bit frustrating after spending 4 months training well, only to be prevented from achieving what I'm after by a cold going onto my chest. I do have a history of asthma. After any adice or suggestions, or even a recomendation of which heath care professional I could ask, as I'm completely stumped would be much appreciated. GP was sypathetic, but not a massive amount of help.