If you’re training for a fall endurance event, such as a 5k or half marathon, you may be feeling you are soon approaching your peak fitness level. You are dedicated in your preparation by being consistent and pushing your body during your workouts. As you approach your “peak”, you might be surprised to find out that you are most at risk for illness during this period.
During this period of high-intensity, high-mileage workouts, scientists have found that the body’s white blood cell count is decreased. Having a sufficient amount of white blood cells helps ward off infections and illnesses in the body. When they are decreased, you are more susceptible to getting sick.
To help sustain your health, here’s some preventative measures you can take:
Almost every athlete who is asked a week before a big event, “Are you ready?” Many come back with “I could have done more.” Don’t let yourself be that person. Take care of yourself and listen to your body so that on race day, you can toe the line healthy and with confidence that you did everything you could to prepare for the big day.