Over the past few weeks, I have had slight chest pains which I saw the doctor about. Long story short, after some tests the Doctor saw from my xRay that I had viral pneumonia (wasnt a bad case, as there were only white streaks on the xRay instead of a concentrated area of infection) and that I should stop running immediately and take a course of antibiotics for 10 days and a total rest period of 3 to 4 weeks, after which another xRay will be taken to determine if the infection is gone.
- I walked away a little stunned, considering the only symptoms i had was a tight chest at times (in the mornings) and no other flu-like symptoms. I always thought pneumonia was easily visible/detectable and, as I DON'T seem to have the common symptoms associated with pneumonia (cough, rattled breaths, fever, headache), was wondering if this was a misdiagnosis of a minor flu/cold?
- Has anybody else had a similar case in the past?
I have a race on at the Gold Coast this weekend, but will most likely scrap that one, since im really focused on this years melbourne marathon, which leads me to my next question:
If i do decide to take the full 4 weeks of, which will put me at July 28, do you guys think that would give me enough time to
- prepare for this years marathon (sub-4:00 at the very least)
- keep my base level of fitness
- and (sort of related to the above) jump straight into long runs of 30-34 km within the first week
A bit of background:
This year i have been slowly building up to the marathon, and even though i had hip issues, I have been doing consistent 160KM months since November until my actual training program began a little under 4 weeks ago. Last week, i completed a long run over 24KM which felt great, and I was covering over 70KM over the each of the last 3 weeks. I am miles in front of where I was at at the same point in time last year, as I only began my program mid-July last time (although i trained for and completed a half marathon until then)
Any advice on any of my questions would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks in advance
Edited by Deaky, 30 June 2011 - 08:57 PM.