​5 Ways Your Body Betrays You On Race Day

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If you just wake up with the sniffles, you should be just fine to run your race, says Shanna Levine, M.D., a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

A cold dehydrates your body more than usual, so your move is to prioritize hydration and fit in a solid pre-race meal. That can fuel you for the race and replenish lost fluids.

“My favorite race day snacks are a glass of orange juice—which is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C—and whole wheat bread with organic chunky peanut butter and jelly with at least 16 ounces of water,” says Dr. Levine. “This combination provides the peanut butter as a source of protein, the bread as a complex carb, and plenty of hydration.”

If you have a cold, sucking on zinc and echinacea lozenges before the race can also help you feel better, she says. That’s because zinc has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold, and letting the lozenges slowly dissolve in your mouth can soothe sore throat, too.

But if you wake up feeling lousy, you should check your temperature before lacing up. If you have a fever, you should skip that race, says Dr. Levine.

Fevers are your body’s way of mounting an immune response, and as your body fights off the infection, you’re more likely to become dehydrated more easily. Plus, running while you’re ill might stress your body, making your sickness even worse. Consider a fever your body’s way of telling you to take it easy.

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[via menshealth]