Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Good Timing or Bad Timing?

I have been training since last November for the privilege of testing myself against the marathon distance on this coming Sunday. In that span I can't remember more than once being sick, and so this makes it twice. A remarkable span of good health for me, but the timing is more than a little disappointing. I suppose it's better that I caught this cold the weekend before the race and not the weekend of, but I do feel like my body has let me down somewhat. I am very weak and have been confined to staying at home for two days. Breathing is tough, throat hurts, trouble sleeping, and blacking out just walking up the stairs. How on earth am I supposed to run 42.2km?!

This past Sunday, the day after I started feeling "off", I ran my last long training run prior to the race. It wasn't exactly long or anything, but it was to be a bit of a test of marathon pace. Instead it became a test of will. If anything it left me a bit skeptical as to the pace that I could possibly sustain for the race and has me revising my goals somewhat. The 14km was not altogether slow, but my heart rate was very elevated and everything felt laboured; not fun.

If I don't regain my strength in the next day or so and get in one more decent run before Sunday I may just go into the race with a shuffle.

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Blogger Ace said...

Of course it is good timing! Everything that happens from this point on is good and perfect and just the way it should be. This cold will go bye bye just in time for the big race, and it will make you get all the extra rest you need. Then even if it doesn't go away entirely you will be able to add that to your credential; ran a marathon WHILE you were sick. Awesomeness. Course, it probably doesn't FEEL awesome right now...

September 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous blotka1234 said...

... nevertheless i hope i'll see you at the finish line on sunday!

September 23, 2010 at 5:09 AM  

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