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24 Jan 2004

Glandular Fever, breaks and now returning...it's depressing.
I trained very hard during winter (endurance sport), however in October I got Glandular Fever. This knocked me badly, both physically (put on about 6kgs) and mentally. I battled getting my mind around coming back so I only trained about 5 times a week and not at the same intensity as before. Over christmas I went on a two week holiday and returned and got the flu. The doctors warned me my recovery rate for all things, including flu would be slower - how long will it take me to get my fitness back and how quickly will I loose weight? I also found I was considerably weaker, is this from the virus or is it from the LONG break?
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01 Jan 0001

It's impossible to say, because everyone's response is so different. This would apply to everything, not just glandular fever, and so unfortunately I can't give you a black and white answer here. What I can assure you is that if you push hard now, it will stretch this problem out much more than it should and you might find that you never really recover. I think that the best thing for you to do is to take a good rest - and by rest, I mean do nothing. This probably sounds horrific, because you might gain some weight (healthy eating might help oppose this, and it's one thing that I would encourage), but in the long term, you will definitely benefit from a rest now. It just sounds to me that you are run down, and have trained through this so far, and your body is probably desperately in need of a break. When you say that you 'only trained about 5 times per week' that suggests that you might have been overtrained, because 5 times a week is more than enough for most people. So, I think that a month or so off, just taking things easy, and then gradually building up might work for you. Once you do restart, be realistic and build up very gradually. It's important to be patient - it might take up to 6 to 8 weeks to regain the sort of fitness you have now, and even more to build on that.

Finally, consider the medical option - supplements, treatments and diet for this condition

Good luck
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