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coughing is an Ab workout, right?
I have a monster cold.  Last Monday we went to see The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on tour and I could feel my throat getting sorer with every swallow from intermission on.  It moved from the throat, to the congestion, to the cough that settled in on Christmas and stayed. It finally seems to be on an upswing, but it's hard to tell for sure - every day I had a few good hours when I thought I was getting better and it hasn't panned out yet.  Cross your fingers for me this time.

One of the casualties of the illness is my participation in LJ Idol.  I waited until nearly the last moment to sign up, knowing this wasn't great timing for me and not wanting to take a spot from someone who really wanted it, but also wanting to play with all of my friends again.  The first two weeks went like I expected, byes due to the marathon and holiday shopping which left me without a net, and then this damn cold.  I suppose I could have written something from the depths of cold medicine which might have been amusing, if incoherent, but I couldn't pull anything together.

My holidays were lovely and quiet, J and I stayed home and cooked good food and napped (he's sick too), and watched movies.  We have a sort of tradition of watching horror movies on Christmas which we didn't quite live up to, but the whiplash of going from White Christmas, which I had never seen but J had, to Bad Santa seems in a similar vein.  They're both great movies in really, really different ways.

I'm not quite running yet, my foot finally stopped hurting about two weeks after the race, but then this cold arrived and took all my motivation.  I've hit that point where I'm not certain if I'm really too sick to run or using it is an excuse which means I should get out there soon.  Maybe a few bike rides at the Y (indoors!) first to make sure my lungs won't revolt.

I hope everyone who celebrates had lovely holidays, and just everyone did something that makes them happy.

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Aw honey, just feel better. Lots of tea, with lemon, ginger and honey. We'll see what holiday magic the polls may have! So you relax and recuperate. My hubs has got it too, I haven't yet, and hopefully won't.

Again- tea (and throw a shot of your favorite grog in it at night :) Peace~~~D

Tea is not my go to beverage, but I've been having a cup in the afternoon when the cough comes up. I've also been drinking all the water hoping to rinse the germs out. Almost.

Before bed I have a toddy - my family's version is a shot of bourbon, lemon juice, honey, and hot water to fill - yummy.

Thanks for the healing thoughts!

I hope you are feeling better! I have the same thing- sore throat and fever, then congestion, now a cough. I have people spending the night for New Year's and I am choking myself trying not to cough and wake them at 3am.

Hope you have a marvelous new year. Good luck with getting running again, and feel better!!

My cough seemed to kick back in around 10p every night for a week before it finally went away. I can relate to the trying to cough quietly and not wake folks.

Happy new year to you as well! Everyone should feel better, I've decided.

I was sorry to see you bye out of Idol-- I'd been looking forward to your entries!

And yes, cold-induced blatherings would totally have been worth it.

I'm sorry your foot and now your cold have sabotaged your running. You don't want to rush into bronchitis (if the cold is in your lungs), but you also don't want to lose all your conditioning. That's a recipe for fretting.

Glad the holidays were good!

Idol this time around was maybe not meant to be. I have plans to maybe home game, and try to jump back in if that presents itself.

I knew I'd have to take time after the race to let the foot heal fully, but I'm antsy. Coming back too hard after time off has tripped me up before so I'm working on my patience.

I have started biking at the Y, and I know you bike in the winter months. Any tips for glute stretches after a ride - biking is working muscles that are just different enough to be really sore.

After biking, I stretch out the hamstrings with stretching in reverse while on the bike. I.e., push down on one pedal backwards and lean forward a little, and that will give you a good stretch down the back of the other leg.

For the glutes, I get off the bike and do the usual fold the knee up as I hold the ankle behind me. I do it slowly, though, and keep the whole leg folded up. Sometimes I lean and roll a little, to move the stretch around that muscle (probably one of those, "No! You're doing it wrong!" kinds of stretches, but it really helps).

Do you warm down? That helps too.

Thank you - I'll try both of those. I do the 5 minute cool down that the Y bikes have programmed in but not much else currently. Being better about stretching/strength both before and after cardio exercise is one of the things I'm working on with the new year.

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