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Hi all, I understand that this is my problem and I will have to take a decision, but please let me vent out my angst a bit and do share your pearls of wisdom with me.
The story so far: I have been training for MK marathon and training so far has gone very well. No injuries. I am not by any means fast but I can stay comfortably on my feet for a long time. I have done several 30+km runs and the longest run I have done was 40km in 4 hours and a bit.
My latest half mara PB is 1.53, and I would say I am as ready as one can be.
(Possibly I was feeling even a tad smug and then the No Smug Goddess hit me with a vengeance...)
I GOT A FLIPPING COLD DURING THE TAPER!!!
My 9 year old infected me (poor muppet).
The cold is now turning into a proper chesty cough. I feel cold all the time and it feels like I have quite a lot of, er, snot to expel. My throat is killing me first thing in the morning but all these symptoms get better with Lemsip. I went for a gentle 15km run today and I certainly feel ready to do the big 42.195 in my legs but I did feel light headed.
It is my first marathon so I have not got a time goal (officially) but I would hate to go and have a terrible day or have to pull out.
My idea would be, if I feel like today, run it, and if I get worse (very much worse) not.
So my questions are:
1) Is one allowed take lemsip before a marathon?
2) any of you has experience of running a marathon with a cold?
Advice, spells agains cold, horror stories and (ESPECIALLY) happy endings gratefully received here.
Thank you! xxx