Date: 9/7/2008 6:00 AM
Type: Hill
Course: 5 Half Training
Distance: 5.3 miles
Duration: 59:54
Pace: 11:19 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 178 lb
Statistics: Calories: 713
VO2 Max: 26.4

I was so sick yesterday, that I missed Manny Ramirez’s three run home run.  I slept on and off for most of the day.  I thought my Half Training would end today.  I knew I wouldn’t get up.  Kim called yesterday, and I told her I couldn’t run today due to a crappy head cold.

I looked at the clock at 6am.  I suddenly rememembered VIPER, who is supposedly running the Buckeye Half Marathon this morning in Ohio.  He is running injured.  Or has been injured.  I dunno.  I got up, shoved Zicam up my nose, and remembered Nitmos, who last year responded to me wondering if I should run when I was sick.  He said to do it.  I remembered that this morning.  Then I remembered that I haven’t been sick.  Not once, since I started running.

It was ugly, and I stopped at nearly every sprinker, wet my fingers, and sucked them dry.  I was tired, but I wasn’t going to stop. 

When I turned by the Truck Stop, and readied myself to go over Highway 99, I decided that I would wave to every driver that came by.  I ran another 13 minutes, and every single driver waved back to me.  They must have thought I was a little off my rocker.  The one that did it for me was this portly fellow, a trucker, who was giggling as I waved to him. 

I suddenly realized that I would rather be running with a head cold, than sitting in a vehicle watching someone run, and wishing I could still do that.  It became a game with me, and Madonna’s Give it to Me came on, and I was home free.

Now, when I stopped I thought I would die.  I sat down on the sidewalk when it was over.  I was exhausted.  But, I was done.

Week 4 of Half Marathon completed.

I dunno.  There’s probably some connection between being healthy, and running.  I called Kim when I got home.

She didn’t run, because she thought I wasn’t going to run.  🙂

7 thoughts on “The Wave

  1. I have a rule … if it’s just a headache or headcold, RUN… it only makes me feel better. Fo reals!

    If it is congestion in the lungs.. I don’t run.

    Way to get out there and run!

  2. I was debating going out for my run today. I am supposed to do 10, but feeling lazy…not sick, not hurt, just lazy. Read your post today. Nice job. Now I HAVE TO RUN….or I am going to feel so very GUILTY.

  3. I’m with TW. If it’s just a head cold I go. It actually clears out the sinuses real good :-X Gross but you gotta do what you gotta do, right LOL

  4. Good job. I think we all kind of know our limits and what we can do and what is too much. Zicam works great. Usually I just overdose on caffeine to compensate for the fatigue of a cold. I’m not saying it’s healthy,I just compensate.

  5. Thanks for sending out the good blog-vibes. I did kick some ass. And so did you. Way to fight through the headcold. Usually, running at least helps me de-snot.

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