My sister and I crossing the finish line:
I REALLY like this shot:
And I got a couple of articles from the Houston Chronicle today that Mom sent; they acknowledge the records set, but focus on the average-Joe kind of runner, and highlighted the Fallujah outpost of the Houston Marathon - 29 runners sweating it out in the desert. Neat. But enough of living in the past. Tomorrow is the Manhattan Half Marathon. Yay!
And to be honest, I'm not sure I'm going to do it. I have been feeling cold/flu-ish for a couple of days and it really hit full-blown today. Half the joints in my body hurt, including elbows and knuckles. So I can't really complain about the knee pain, can I? I also have the itchy, watery eyes; stuffed up nose; and low-grade fever. I'm coughing up a moderate amount of junk and it's really thick, in a way it hasn't been in a long time. I'm afraid if I try the half tomororw - on hills - I'm going to have a miserable time or even DNF. I'd much rather get the best and most amount of sleep I can and then go do six in Prospect Park - and only to help keep the junk moving out of my lungs. I'm also afraid I'll just wear myself out and get even sicker.
I really don't know what to do. I'll see how I feel at 5 a.m. and if it seems like two Dayquil will do the trick, then I'll go.
I did go to the International Motorcycle Show today (I wasn't feeling this bad in the morning) and tagged up with the Buff rep at the show, Jessica. (NYRR athletes should recognize what a buff is; Jessica's company has supplied several designs to NYRR.) She got me a pass into the show, so I couldn't NOT go, of course, and it was really great to see her. When we rode from Napa Valley to New York together in 2004, she told me she used to be a triathlete and still kept in shape. Well, I commented to Jessica today that it looks like she's lost some weight (an older video of her was playing on a monitor behind her) and she said she's in training for the Cour d'Alene Ironman! It's in June and if I work things right, I could go there and cheer for her before my Alaska trip. Wouldn't that be great?