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October 8, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:54

Why hello there! Last night was actually a very pleasant surprise: I finished the data analysis in record time and completed my lab write up before when I thought I would be done.  So I actually got a little sleep last night. Wahoo!

Since I wasn’t planning of lifting today (because of my upcoming 10k) I had the choice to run at 0600 or 1100 after my morning class which would let me sleep in.  I obv chose to run at the earlier time so that I can use my other time to do some more work.  Oh my life.

According to the sun didn’t rise until 0649! So I did some ab work in my room before rather than after my run so I could still finish everything in time to get to my class.  Really, the only bummer to cooler weather is less daylight.  So sad to think at the end of the month, we’ll be turning the clocks back! And another so-sad-it’s-cooling-off note: I got my first nosebleed of the season last night. Let the cold weather commence heh. NOT.

I’m actually really glad I ran my 8 miles earlier rather than waiting.  In addition to having time to do my homework I was able to watch a beautiful sunrise, enjoy upper 40* temps and witness a wonderful morning unfold.  Very sappy but it’s the truth. The wind that plagued this area yesterday was completely gone and the still crisp air felt so good. I could definitely run in this weather year round.

The run itself was okay.  I mean, I ran a killer tempo yesterday so I wasn’t expecting super-speed today.  I think I mentioned this last week but the day after a hard speed workout my legs just have a little bit more of a spring in their step.  I guess fast running begets more fast running.  Or at least slightly faster than normal.

Unfortunately all this pushing has done a number on my body.  Around noon, just when the end seemed to be in sight, all the illness I’ve been keeping at bay caught up to me.  It’s definitely not full blown yet but I have:

  • the chills
  • severe headache
  • aches in all my joints, but particularly my spine
  • lightheadedness
  • swollen femoral lymph nodes (groin glands)
  • fire-y feeling under my skin
  • emotional/irritable — a sure sign for me that a fever is on the way.

I’m really hoping that these don’t equal the flu! And I’m hoping that I’m in semi-good condition for the 10k with Lacey on Monday.

I can deal with the physical components just fine but the whole emotional thing is the hardest for me.  I had jazz class today and I saw the Dean of Health and Fitness.  Our friendship really is a friendship rather than a formal thing, if I were to address him in a foreign language I’d use the “tu” form (heh but I felt I needed to clarify) and I totally broke down because I am so uncomfortable right now.

He told me to that I looked incredibly worn down, and that he could see it in my eyes / on my face.  And to take care of myself and skip jazz (plus he gave me a new thermometer).  Unfortunately my regular instructor wasn’t there and the fill-in told me that I should just sit out and watch. Ummm really? I was sooo miserable that I had to lay down on the piano bench.

And I still feel miserable.  So weird because I felt fine this morning.  And the medical center that my school uses (it’s the town’s medical center) can see me at the earliest tmrw afternoon.  I think I have the flu and told them that.  Yeah, they can see me tmrw in the afternoon. Looks like the medical center is placing a high priority on sick ppl.

I so don’t want to be sick right now.  I still have a French assignment to do but I doubt it’s really all that hard but I just can’t focus because my body just hurts. Like I knew this would happen but I was hoping that my body was strong enough to last another 24-36 hours when I was on break.  Oh well, time to take yet another hot shower to warm up and make a nice big hot mug o’ tea.

P.S Yas asked yesterday how much I run while incorporating lifting.  My primary focus is my running so I run a lot and have been running for 10 days or so before taking a rest day.  So it’s about 6-7 days a week depending on when that rest day falls.  I only am lifting 1-2 times a week so the lifting is really supplementary.



  1. OH NO!!! Your symptoms sound kind of like mine did 😦
    Get a good night’s sleep tonight, and DRINK a lot of water. Oh, and Nyquil 🙂 I really, really hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by Kathleen — October 8, 2009 @ 17:02

  2. oh no! i’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well 😦 rest up, eat well, drink lots of water, and take it easy on the running if you feel you need to – especially with the 10k coming up.

    also, my boyfriend has been getting lots of nosebleeds this past week, too. he’s always been like this but it freaks me out! i don’t think i’ve ever had one that wasn’t brought on by an injury/broken nose.

    Comment by emily — October 8, 2009 @ 17:07

  3. oh no!!! hope you are feeling better soon girl… get some rest!

    Comment by aron — October 8, 2009 @ 17:19

  4. oh no!!!!!!!!!!!! you have a few days to rest up, def take some time to do that. you need a snuggly blanket some tea or water and SLEEP!!!!! a lot of people at work and friends are sick, so stuff is def going around.

    YES! we should meet up!

    my original idea was to meet in the corrals– line up in the 7 min/mi corral???? usually most people line up just behind that… if it looks crowded jump up to the 6 min/mi. i think i will be able to spot you, and you will prob be able to spot me and my sister!!! look for the white matching photo+caption t-shirts!!!! lol.

    i have no idea what pace we’ll be doing, not sure my sister’s race pace!!! but we can def start together and do the whole meet-up thing!!!!!!!!! and post race we should grab coffees (do you drink coffee?) or a vivanno since there’s a sbux right off the commons. and of course hit up all the swag stations!!!!!!!!!!!!! do you have plans to stick around boston?

    my other idea was that you could park at my house in watertown if you are driving in and we could carpool/take public transit to the race. that way you wouldn’t have to worry about driving in, but if i remember you did an internship downtown so you prob have the parking thing down anyway. but if you do want to park at my house give me a holler- email, and we can also exchange phone #s if you want to do that.

    GET BETTER!!!!!!! rx: zzzzzzzz


    Comment by Lacey — October 8, 2009 @ 17:23


    I actually thought I was getting sick this week but it never happened. Thank God. I haven’t been sick in three years and this is NOT a good time for me to get sick.

    Comment by Matt — October 8, 2009 @ 18:20

  6. Take the time to get well, if you don’t you will only make it worse. In the gran scheme of things what is one French assignment? Get some soup from the cafeteria, curl up in bed with a movie or a good book and go to bed early. Also take an extra rest day, you will be great on Monday no matter what.

    Oh, and I am doing a 10K on Monday too, so yeay us! Can’t wait to hear your race report.

    Comment by Katerina — October 8, 2009 @ 18:34

  7. Sorry you’re feeling cruddy. My illnesses always hit in the afternoon, too. Weird. +1 to medical advice given in above comments. (((HUGS)))

    Comment by LARunner — October 8, 2009 @ 20:00

  8. Oh crap, not the flu! Get better!

    Comment by runjess — October 8, 2009 @ 23:12

  9. Yeah, you have the classic signs and symptoms of a flu.
    Rest, hydrate, eat and sleep should be the order of the day.
    Recover well.

    Comment by The Running Laminator — October 9, 2009 @ 00:51

  10. Booo! I hope you feel better soon. Take it easy, girl.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 9, 2009 @ 12:02

  11. Feel better. Take it easy!

    Comment by a marathoner — October 9, 2009 @ 15:45

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