Anyways, 9 days ago I got sick. I ran on consecutive days a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon. Yes, while sick. I know it's not what one's supposed to do when under the weather, but I paid far too much money to run those races so run them I did, fever and all. None of them were great races given the circumstances, but lo and behold I managed to PR the marathon (I'm not that fast; don't get too excited).
So I can PR a marathon after running 22.4 miles on consecutive days pre-race while being sick. That should be awesome news but what it really means is I now owe to myself to see what I can do with a marathon when NOT sick and on fresh legs.
If you don't know me, let me explain one thing. I don't really like marathons but I've run six of them. I guess I feel like I have something to prove. Heaven help me if I think I need to do an Ironman.
Anyways, back to the neti pots. For 9 days I've been dealing with this ghastly head cold and a transient (thank goodness) fever. And for 9 days my brother has been swearing that neti pots are the way to go to give yourself a few good hours of breathing. I purchase a porcelain neti pot from my local pharmacy and head home to try it. I boil and cool some water so as to avoid putting any amoeba in my sinus and perhaps by proxy, my brain.
Lesson 1: cool water to excess. What felt fine pouring over my fingers felt like a reign of fire in my nostril.
Then an hour later I try again and immediately the water pours into the back of my throat through my nasopharynx accomplishing nothing. I lean forward a little more and try again, taking deep breaths in and out of my mouth. Nothing happens. I tilt the pot a little more and it starts to flow out the top of the pot and nothing through my nose. Hmm. Try the other side. Same deal. Contact brother. Repeat ad infinitum until pot empty.
My nose is completely obstructed. I basically poured water in and out the same nostril repeatedly achieving nothing so much as a messy sink.
Obviously I'm totally fine with embarrassing myself.