Fever After Longer (14+ Mile) run?

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    Sep 08, 2007 11:20 PM GMT
    Hello All,

    Just finished a training run as part of my National AIDS Marathon training about 5 hours ago. We ran 18 miles today and my pace group took the recommended 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete the run.

    After this run and my 14 mile run a few weeks ago I have run a low grade fever (around 99 to 100) for hours after the training. It did not happen after the 16 mile run.

    I drank plenty, but not too much. 1/2 water and 1/2 Gatorade. We had some salty snacks along the way too (pretzels).

    I mentioned it to my doctor at my last visit and he said it was probably dehydration or heat exhaustion. But given the fluids I drank, wicking gear, and salty snacks it doesn't seem right.

    Anyone else experience this?

    I am poz, but i don't think it is a factor, I am undetectable and in otherwise good health.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 09, 2007 2:36 AM GMT
    When ever you stress the body...
    doing your 14 mile run
    ....or go out into the cold and do some snowshovelling for a few hours

    the body releases chemicals called histamines
    which set off a barrage of other chemicals and set into motion a whole bunch of body responses to defend it against microbial invaders
    one of the effects of these histamines is the elevation of body temperature
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    Sep 09, 2007 11:44 AM GMT
    Thanks GQJOck,

    Anyway to help keep those histamines at bay? I am not hearing that others in my pace group or at the run site have been having this response.

    I am worried about the even longer runs coming up!
  • GQjock

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    Sep 09, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    You can take a few anti-inflammatories Advil or Naprosyns right before or after
    but if this becomes a chronic thing or worsens in anyway I'd have it ck'ed again
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    Sep 22, 2007 8:55 PM GMT
    Ran 20 miles today and once again 100 degree temp for the last 4 hours and I feel like crap (but really pumped that I ran 20 freaking miles! - woo hoo!). I'll call the doctor Monday. I am on a few heavy duty meds and I should probably be sure before self medicating.

    Thanks for the suggestions though!
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    Sep 22, 2007 9:31 PM GMT
    Congrats -- and welcome to the long-run club! I firmly believe that the most important part of marathon training is mental -- if you believe you can do it, you will [which is not to say you don't have to train :-) ]

    As for the elevated temp after running -- this is a common thing with me. Yes, part of it may be dehydration, but for the most part I think it's about rebuilding damaged muscles. Remember that the point of training, whether it be running or weight lifting, is it do a little damage so that the healing process brings you back with even more than you started with. As someone else said, a low dose of ibuprofen is very reasonable; besides you probably are a little sore anyway, so why suffer.

    I imagine you're training for Honolulu. I'm looking at the LB Half and then Santa Clarita Full. Be well, train hard.