The flu is not conducive to training for a marathon. Or any race, for that matter. I am sure there are people who do it. I am also almost sure that those who do are those who actually have a chance of winning the race and the prize money that goes along with it. In short: they are the elite.
I am not elite. At all. Even so, when my legs started feeling a little achy, a little sore last Friday, I wondered if it could have possibly been caused by running. Because, you know, I’ve been killing it out there, right? But then I thought better of it: between Little Miss being sick and me taking a cross training day, I’d only run twice last week. My “long” run the week before had been a mere 8 miles. My legs had done almost nothing to deserve soreness.
Within a few hours other symptoms started coming up, and pretty soon I realized that my family had a textbook case of the flu: fever, sore throat, chills, cough, runny nose, headache. You name a symptom, I’m pretty sure we had it.
And so I took this week off, mostly. No long run. No speedwork. Just a little yoga here and there and a lot of sleep, orange juice, kleenex, and immunity smoothies.
But because marathon training does very often wear people down to the point of compromising their immune systems, I thought I’d share a glass of immune-boosting goodness as part of the marathon training saga. It’s adapted from the January 2013 issue of Runner’s World.
Immune Boosting Ginger Berry Almond Smoothie
1 cup frozen berries (we used blueberries one time and strawberries another – I liked the blueberries better)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 T. raw almonds
2 T. wheat germ
1 T. honey
1 tsp. fresh ginger
Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Then keep your fingers crossed that it’s enough to save you from the worst of what’s out there, and enjoy!