January 20, 2007

last Houston huzzah / Buff Jessica

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?


Laurie said...

I love the second pic. It shows you enjoyed your race just as much as you said you did.

I can't believe you are thinking about running another half marathon tomorrow while sick. I wouldn't worry about the terrible time or a possible DNF, I would worry about paying for that choice by getting even sicker. Take care of yourself!

runliarun said...

Sleep sounds good. You are going to make us all advocate the taking care of yourself part.

Steve said...

Hey, that IS a good picture!
I hope you get to feelin better real soon.

stephruns said...

looks like you had fun! nice pics!
I hope you chose to rest; trust your instincts; most times I can predict if a race wil be good or not, just by listening to the body.

Faithful Soles said...

I live in Houston, glad you had a good time at our race. I ran the half-marathon with my son (his longest run to date). I'll be doing the full Austin Marathon next Sunday and my son will be doing the half. If you get a chance, please visit my running web site, Faithful Soles. I have a categorized and searchable Running Blog Database on there and would appreciate it if you would link your blog to it. I also have my own blog, but most of my information is on the main web site. Thanks and continued good luck in your training.

Steve said...

Are you OK????????

You haven't posted in a full month.

Uptown Girl said...

I'm with steve here. Are you OK???