I have attended numerous Comrades
by Don Oliver.
One of the things Don always brings up when discussing training days is
that you will get injured and you will get sick. In fact, Don
has shown when “calculating” distance to run and training days left,
that he always caters to these two facts (injury and
illness). I’m not sure off hand but I think he gives one week
off for each of these occurrences.
are a few points to consider about illness and injury.
Use your neck as your
the neck illnesses like colds, sinusitis and hayfever are OK to
run with. Just take things easy. Don’t push
yourself. Your body is working in ‘safe-mode’.
your illness has spread to below the neck line, that is fever, flu,
sore body and muscles – DO NOT RUN!
You cannot catch up what you have missed.
it go. Don’t worry about it. Just continue on
with your training when you are well enough to do so. This
applies to both illness and injury.
Have the flu shot at the beginning of March.
I have had one every year since
2000 and have not had the flu
since. You may feel a little under the weather for a day or
two afterwards but it will save you in the end. Nothing can
be worse than training for 6 months and then getting the flu a week
Don’t run Comrades
if you have the flu unless you have a death wish.
Take Vitamin C! Take Corenza C if you feel something
developing. Usually 2 days of Corenza C
you back on
Take Rehydrate if you have had gastro in the days leading up to
If you have been injured or sick during your Comrades training,
need to adjust the goal
posts ie. Bill Rowan to Bronze, Bronze to
"sick of running" is something entirely different! You
can take the “shut up and run”
approach or you can take a “mental
health” day to restore your enthusiasm. It depends of the
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