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Running A Marathon On Antibiotics
I'm running a marathon and am having a lot of trouble keeping weight on. Any tips for healthy foods that keep my levels up? I weight between 120-125 and am nearly 5'9. I'm trying to maintain and not look like a skeleton!
nutritionist: Seek the help of a nutritionist and / or dietition. This way you get custom plan based on your specific needs. You may already have a high metabolic rate. You must consume more calories than you burn to gain, equal to maintain. The type (protein/carb/fat) is also a factor. Weight training will also help maintain muscle mass. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Always get medical clearance before attempting any new or significant physical activity. There are reports of people dying during marathons from cardiac problems. It can be a tremendous assault on the cardiovascular system. Train carefully and wisely and with a coach/mentor if possible. Listen to your body. Get medical clearance -- may need stress test. Good luck. ...Read more
I was running a marathon and and towards the end my hands swelled up so big that I couldn't see my knuckles or close my hands. Why did this happen?
Energy shortage: And I mean cellular energy. Food has to provide the energy for its function, a very complex process that depends on the right fuel and an appropriate "engine" in each cell. The engines of the cell are mitochondria and you have to match energy production to consumption. The marathon was consuming energy that (for reasons within the affected cells) affected the hands because of inadequate energy. ...Read more
What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday I'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough
Is it possible to get bruised knees and ankles from running a marathon? Could it perhaps be that the running tights is too tight?
I was suppose to get my period yesterday but I only had chronic cramps while running a marathon. I ate oranges&orange juice. Would that have affected?
The stress of: Training for the marathon probably contributed to the lack of a normal period. This is not unusual at your level of training. ...Read more
Wasp sting on knee with moderate swelling, Running a marathon on Sunday. Should I see a doctor? Icing, taking benedryl, hydrocortisone cream now
Many: People with similar condition will be okay by what you are doing. However if swelling, redness persist or drainage develops evaluation will be indicated ...Read more
I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?
It is ok.
You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding.
Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning.
Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: If her fevers go away with meds and she otherwise looks ok, it is probably viral. Viral infections do not go away with antibiotics at all. They just have to "run it's course". If fever is not decreasing by day five or if your child looks bad even when not having a fever, check with your doctor. There are other things that could be causing it as well. ...Read more
My 15 month old had a uti and was on an antibiotic for 10 days. She finished it on Wednesday. She is now running a fever again. Related to uti?
My 2 year old just finished an antibiotic (bactrim) and now running a low grade temp with no symptoms. Med was 4 folliculitus. It's something viral?
Could be: Possibly. Difficult to answer accurately without more information and without an exam. ...Read more
Child has strep with a very mucusy persistent cough, has taken his 3rd dose of antibiotic this morning, still running fever. Strep confirmed with test?
My daughter has been running a fever of up to 101 for 11 days off and on. We have been on an antibiotic since last Friday and while the fever has finally subsided, she has developed a nasty cough. We have been doing breathing treatments of Xopenex and her
31yr. Sore throat, dryness, pain in throat since a month. ENT gave me xyzal n antibiotic but not helpin. No blood, no lump, no fever or running nose. Serious?
No, not serious: But you need re-evaluation, kindly revisit the same doctor or seek a second opinion, good luck ...Read more
I have a 4 year old that was running a fever and says her ear hurts I am taking her to the dr do you think they will put her on an antiobiotic,?
Hard to say: Depends on a number of things. You may have let yourself dehydrate, and now your body is hanging on to water until things equilibrate. What did you eat beforehand - did you "carbo load" and with high fiber? A marathon his high stress and leads to cortisol release which may cause water retention as well. Whatever it is, it will resolve with time. ...Read more
I have recently started parkrun and want to know the best way to start running training. My goal is endurance would like to target doing half marathons and full marathons.
Gradual & consistent: How often do you do the park runs? It is best to to start gradually and increasing your mileage consistently. Start with e.g. 2.5km 3x weekly, with a 5km over the weekends, then 5km 3x weekly then 10km over the weekends. You can try running at the Races over the weekends for added motivation. JHB races are almost always over weekends. Check with you local Sport Shop for dates. ...Read more
I have pain in my left hip since running long distance. I have a half marathon on 28th of this month what should I do?
Have it evaluated.: Skip the half marathon and get the hip evaluated by an orthopedist. You do not want to make the problem worse by ignoring it. ...Read more
Is preparing and running full marathon once a year harmful for the heart. Asking because we saw a death in a local marathon.
Marathon: First, get a complete cardiac check up by your physician. If all is well, then go ahead with preparation for the marathon run. Good luck! ...Read more
Is age 21 too young to begin running marathons? I've heard my cartilage may be affected in the future. What is an "appropriate" age?
I am out of running for while now but I want to prepare for marathon next year. When ever I start running my knee starts paining badly please help?
See specialist: See a sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon, and possibly a podiatrist, in that order. It may require strengthening exercises, orthotics, different shoes, modification of your gait / stride / body position, or even surgery, or a combination of these to treat your problem. However - proper treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. Good Luck. ...Read more
44 yr old male. 2yrs running exp., 10-15 mi/wk, 5ks. No chest pain. Training for marathon on 12/2. Plac test 7/10: 158 ng/dl. Any thoughts, cautions?
Sounds good: It seems you are keeping up with your health and in good shape. Make sure you stay hydrated well. ...Read more
I'm about to start training for my first marathon. I've done 3 half-marathons so far. How should I approach nutrition alongside my running training?
High protein diet: Muscle stress will be severe. Will need to enhance your protein intake. Need good intake of salt and minerals (leafy green vegetable, dried fruits, fruit/vegetable juices) with carbohydrate loading starting 2-3 d prior to a race. Carbohydrate loading for training and during runs can be very helpful. As a woman be careful of just water loading. Recommend use of gatorade-type fluids, high salt diet. ...Read more
I am noticing constant pain running down the outside of one leg since I started marathon training?
I had trochanteric bursitis last year while training for a marathon. Just started running again. How can I prevent recurrence?
I was 16 weeks into my training fir my first marathon when I broke my wrist, race is in 4 weeks, can I still run it, or will running effect healing?
Run it: Properly casted this should not be a problem. If your arm movement feels off due to the weight of the cast, try equalizing the weight on the other hand by carrying something or wrapping on something of similar weight. Your pace might change slightly, but no big problem. Simply do not fall on it. Should be no risk for healing, but be sure to check with the Orthopaedic MD. Good Luck. Start slow!! ...Read more