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<p>I am pretty sure I have mono.  And I have a marathon scheduled 3 weeks from Sunday.</p>
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<p>Quick back story:  I've been feeling bad about 11 days, starting last Monday.  I was able to run OK on Tues and Weds last week, but skipped a workout Thursday as I was feeling like crap.  It continued through the weekend, and I skipped Saturday's run, and Sunday I was supposed to go 18, but I only did 4 because I felt tired.  Awful run.  averaged 10:30's and I usually average somewhere around 9 pm.</p>
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<p>Anyway, coach #3 came home with a fever Tuesday night, and had it all day yesterday.  So I took him in today, and he tested positive for mono.  I did not get tested, but I talked to the Dr. about how I'd been feeling.</p>
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<p>Dr. feels I should just "lay off" running until I start to feel more "energy".  Well, duh.</p>
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<p>She did say that she thinks it's alright for me to run, if I'm feeling ok, and that I can probably do the marathon if I want to.</p>
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<p>So I ask you, PRTer's,</p>
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<p>What would you do?</p>
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<p>On one hand, I don't want to skip the marathon, it's already paid for, and I've been training for it pretty good since June.  I've been looking forward to it.</p>
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<p>On the other hand, would doing this jeopardize my health?  I certainly don't want to do that, and I'm really no expert with this.  I've never had mono before, and for that matter, neither have any of my four kids (til now), and none of my brothers and sisters had this growing up.</p>
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<p>I know there are some good medical type people on the board.  Let me know what you think.</p>
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<p>Thanks,</p>
<p>Mark</p>
 

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<p>  When I had mono there would have been no question - I was barely able to stay awake, let alone run for several hours. When I had my blood test, I apparently went off the positive end of the scale.</p>
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<p>  On the other hand, it seems like you see stories every year about some college athlete that helps his team compete despite having mono. I suspect their cases are much milder than mine was.</p>
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<p>  If you're feeling okay and your doctor is comfortable with the idea, I would go ahead and give it a try. HOWEVER, THROW AND AND ALL TIME TARGETS OUT THE WINDOW! You might feel better in three weeks, but you won't be recovered. Also, be mentally prepared to DNF if you feel you're running out of steam more than you think is reasonable due to the race. I'd probably carry a cell phone so I could call someone to come get me from anywhere on the course, or at least make arrangements to have someone check on me every two-three miles to see how I'm doing.</p>
 

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Very wise idea about the cell phone.</p>
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<p>And yeah, if I did do it, there would be no goals at all, except to finish, and enjoy the run.  It's in the Black Hills, starting at Crazy Horse monument!  I'm really looking forward to it.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rlemert</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70027/what-would-the-prt-do#post_1943657"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>  When I had mono there would have been no question - I was barely able to stay awake, let alone run for several hours. When I had my blood test, I apparently went off the positive end of the scale.</p>
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<p>  On the other hand, it seems like you see stories every year about some college athlete that helps his team compete despite having mono. I suspect their cases are much milder than mine was.</p>
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<p>  If you're feeling okay and your doctor is comfortable with the idea, I would go ahead and give it a try. HOWEVER, THROW AND AND ALL TIME TARGETS OUT THE WINDOW! You might feel better in three weeks, but you won't be recovered. Also, be mentally prepared to DNF if you feel you're running out of steam more than you think is reasonable due to the race. I'd probably carry a cell phone so I could call someone to come get me from anywhere on the course, or at least make arrangements to have someone check on me every two-three miles to see how I'm doing.</p>
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Nice area - my bro lived in the region a few years bback.  Enjoy the run.  Hope you don't DNF.<br>
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Very wise idea about the cell phone.</p>
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<p>And yeah, if I did do it, there would be no goals at all, except to finish, and enjoy the run.  It's in the Black Hills, starting at Crazy Horse monument!  I'm really looking forward to it.</p>
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