My body is not playing nice right now. On Tuesday, I woke up with Claire’s cold starting to settle in to my throat. With a history of that kind of thing going to my lungs, I’ve been aggressive with massive amounts of liquids, vitamins, fruit, veggies, et cetera. As of this morning, guaifenesin is being consumed (generic Musinex). I’m tired, but not overly so. I do not have a fever, and so far, this cold hasn’t moved into my lungs. That’s going to be the kicker for me… keeping it out of my airways.
I’m looking at this as an opportunity. I’m not one of those people who “never gets sick.” I get sick two or three times a year, but not usually to the point that I have to miss work. This is definitely not a “miss work” kind of event, but it might be a “miss the half marathon on Saturday” thing. I’m supposed to run the Salem Wicked Half Marathon in 36 hours. The cold puts that effort at risk. But it also gives me an opportunity to learn how to run through something like this. And that’s important, because if I’m sick in April next year, I will have the experience of this weekend to fall back on.
I was thinking Saturday was going to be a fun race. Now I think it will be a grueling affair. Fortunately, eight of my coworkers will be there. Having a support group is priceless. I may not finish quickly, but if I have to walk the last part of the race, then so be it!
I found a really good piece about when it’s okay to run while you’re not feeling good, and according to that article’s advice, I should be okay as long as I don’t come down with a fever or end up with my lungs jacked up. So that’s the plan. Keep on chugging water. Keep taking my vitamins. Get plenty of rest tonight, and go to bed early tomorrow. And if you’re in Salem, Massachusetts on Saturday morning, maybe I’ll see you there.