Friday, February 13, 2009

No Go

Looks like it's not in the cards for me to marathon this weekend. Last night was really tough. I don't want to gore you with medical details, but it got pretty nasty. I really thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room before the medication kicked in. So Kelley packed up the girls and headed out for myrtle beach this morning without me. I'm enough of a germaphobe to be paranoid about passing on the bug to the rest of her family. So she's running tomorrow, the race starts at 6:30 am. I'll be here in Greenville. It's supposed to be raining.

Tonight (friday ~6pm) I think the fever is about done. I have eaten some today, but not much. maybe 500 calories. I'm still going from sweating hot to shivering cold about every 15 minutes. But I think that will stabilize overnight. Even after getting over a bug, it still takes a couple of days to get your original energy levels and appetite back. So maybe if the race was tuesday or wednesday I could do it. But I have a really busy week at work coming up, and I have to be conservative about my energy levels to keep working. We've got a trade show coming up in less than 30 days, and I've got a lot of code to write between now and then.

So now I have to find another marathon to run. Preferably one in North Carolina in May or June. And it means I can start my tri training a little early instead of taking all of next week off. The race schedule has changed around a little bit anyway. Michael has a gig in NYC april 4th, so we won't be running the Cooper River Bridge Run. I'm taking Coach Stu to The Masters this year for one day, so that's going to be really cool. I haven't been since 2003, so it should be really fun. My family has had Master's badges since the 70's, so I get to go for a day every couple of years. And my mom wants to take us to the beach sometime this spring. so it's all screwy.

So I'm pretty pissed off and a little depressed about not getting to run tomorrow. I know triathlons are going to be rolling along before I know it, and I know I have to be pretty conservative with my health right now. And once I find another marathon to sign up for I know the motivation will fall into place again.

I do have some good news, though. We found a long-term tenant for my mountain house. They are going to be moving in March 1st, which means I have next weekend and next weekend only to make 3 or 4 trips up there (3.5 hours each way) with a pickup truck to get all of my furniture moved out. We also had a pipe burst causing a little flooding up there, so we also might get the carpet replaced while it's still vacant. But getting that house sold or into a long term lease is the first key step to getting us moved back to north carolina. so that's awesome!

I'll post how Kelley does and some pics once I know something.

20 comments:

rolf said...

That's a real bummer. But you gotta take care of yourself, and there will always be another race. BTW, you're killing me about the Masters. I was luck enough to go in 2002. Absolutely awesome. Can't wait to go again someday.

Sarah said...

Ugh! I'm so sorry to hear this! Gah - I hope you are back to feeling better soon. There should be a listing for marathons online somewhere, usually I find a list by state.

Hang in there - you'll get 'er done sometime soon!

RBR said...

Oh man that so sucks! I am really sorry that you have to miss the marathon, and even more sorry that you are so sick.

But you have the right attitude, better to hold off for another marathon and get healthy than prolong your illness. Take care of yourself!

Oh, and great news on the Mtn. House!

Amber said...

Aww bummer, sorry to hear that. It's better that you rest up and get better rather than trying to run and get even more sick.

There'll be more marathons in your future!

teacherwoman said...

Oh no. How frustrating. I am sorry, John. I left work early today with the feeling of getting the flu and can barely get down crackers.

Calyx Meredith said...

Rats! So sorry you are feeling bad and that you have to miss your marathon. Good luck to Kelley!

joyRuN said...

That sucks about the marathon, but it sounds like you're pretty sick.

NJM is May 3 :)

Jess said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've fallen so ill that you can't race! But good luck to your wife, and I hope you can find a replacement race!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Whoa, CJ, that totally blows! But you seem to be handling it with equanimity - well, I mean, considering the utter blowiness of it. It's probably just as well the marathon isn't Tuesday or Wednesday because, yeah, maybe you could still run it then, but you wouldn't be exactly in peak condition.

Good news about the tenant! This is a tough housing market, so at least you have that.

Personally, I blame the Wifey's meat-punch for this setback. No one has ever done a study about the long-term effects of the meat-punch (get on that, Medical Science!), but I wouldn't be surprised if one of those long-term effects is the very illness you're suffering.

I don't care for the meat-punch one bit.

Nick said...

Sorry to hear about the illness. Get better quick! You built a good base fitness for the upcoming season. All is not lost!

the gazelle said...

I'm so sorry! That is completely sucktastic - but you're right, there will be another marathon, and now you're all trained up, so you're ready!

I hope you're feeling better today & I'm looking forward to hearing your wife's race report.

And congrats on renting the house! That's awesome!

Ryan said...

Hey sorry you weren't able to make it. I even called just like I said I would...Maybe next time.


How did Kelleye do? It started raining right when I finished, hopefully she didn't suffer too much from the cold and wet.

rodney said...

Thanks for stopping by Slow White Guy. Looks like a washed out weekend for both of us. Good luck with getting unsick.

Sarah said...

I am so bummed out for you!!! Sorry. Eat crackers and feel better soon.

Alisa said...

UGH! I'm so sorry...what a major bummer! I think it is best to listen to your body, there will be other marathons.

Running sick is not very much fun, trust me =).

Just think what a great base you have for tri training!

Wes said...

Just damn, dude! Sorry to hear that!!! you know what they say, there will ALWAYS be more races!

Marcy said...

((((HUGS)))) I totally understand being frustrating at not being able to start. But Wes IS right, there are ALWAYS ALWAYS more :-) You'll do one!!

Jess said...

So so sorry to hear you weren't able to run! I hope you're starting to feel better and can find another race soon. I have complete faith you will be able to marathon soon!

Hope Wifey did well and hope you're feeling better soon!

Rural Girl said...

Man that totally sucks! I HATE illness. I swear those viruses have a knack for hitting at exactly the most inopportune times.

Amanda said...

Oh no, I'm just now getting to blogs and reading this. I'm sorry that really sucks to not be able to run. I hope you're feeling better. There is one in Atlanta at the end of March....