I've posted on another topic that running can be broken into stressor units and non-stressor units. Hard training (hills, intervals, long runs, lactate threshold runs) are stressor units. So too, is racing. While stressor units will force the body to adapt, they also tear it down some. The tearing down process is not limited to the musculoskeletal system. It is documented that the immune system can dip for a period of time following these stressor units - likely in proportion to the magnitude of the effort in the stressor unit.
I try to compensate after all stressor units (hard workouts and races) with the following: 1) adequate non-stressor units to allow the body to compensate 2) increase sleep 3) proper diet 4) increase fluids 5) increase my echinicea dose 6) occasionally increase my vitamin C dose
None of the above are proven to prevent colds, but they make sense to me.
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