March 12, 2014

It's time to confess...

If you want to avoid pitiful Pam today, skip my post! While trying to stay positive on our blog, we also feel it is important to share hard times too, because let's face it, we all have them.  We have talked about bad training runs, injuries and other things that have not quite gone our way. Now it's time to let you know that I am  nervous for my race this weekend. The reason is not poor training, or getting everything in order for race day.  As Christine has pointed out more than once, I am laser focused when I have a goal in my head! However, there are certain things beyond our control and the sickness that I brought back from Florida will not go away.  With a visit to the doctor last week, she put me on Augumentin, a powerful antibiotic that has done absolutely nothing to help me get better.  Yesterday, out of frustration and Tom's suggestion that I might have an allergy issue, I took a Zyrtec, the medicine that always makes me much better if I have that problem.  Strike number two.  So after several calls back and forth with the nurse, I am now waiting until after race day to take anything.

Tonight's training run with my group was fair.....but everyone was complaining of lead legs and feeling sluggish. Of course, misery loves company so I left feeling better about my run. And, my pace was good for the 3 miles at easy pace (9:45) and then 400's at 8:35 pace (just a couple).  So now I have all my fingers and toes crossed in hopes that my cold/cough are miraculously gone by Sunday.  Actually, I hope they are gone by the time you are reading this post.  Kleenex, fluids and resting have been the focus of my week, oh and some eating too! I'm trying hard to focus on positive things and keep my mind occupied instead of worrying about something I really can't control.

What do you do when you are out of sorts race week?
(Pam)

34 comments:

  1. Sorry you're not feeling well. It took 10 days of an antibiotic, allergy pills AND a pack of steroids to get rid of my sinus infection from Tink. Hope you feel better soon and rest (I know, I know!) if you need to!

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    1. Thanks April. I am happy to say that today feels slightly better....and I will try not complain again on the blog for a while!

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  2. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well Pam! Wishing you a quick recovery! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen. I may have turned the corner today. Fingers crossed!

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  3. Oh no! I hope you feel better! There's nothing worse than not being able to shake an illness especially with an important race on the horizon!

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    1. Thanks Jen. There are always other races and I am staying cautiously optimistic since I have a little improvement today!

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  4. :-( So sorry you are not feeling well Pam! I hope it is all good by Sunday and that you have an amazing race! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. The online support has been amazing!

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  5. Wishing you a speedy recovery! *hugs*. Which race are you running this weekend? It's not Shamrock is it?

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    1. Meranda and Lacey, I am running the Quintiles Marathon here in Wilmington, NC! I get to sleep in my own bed pre race. Yay!

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  6. So sorry you aren't feeling well Pam! Fingers crossed that you feel better before your race! It's a positive thing that your training run went wasn't horrible yesterday. I think resting and fluids are the perfect thing to do the rest of the week.

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    1. Monica, I have been working on hydration all week and also spent some time in the sun Monday and Tuesday. With a little more energy today and a slight improvement, I am hopeful all will be well on Sunday!

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  7. You are going to do great!!! Happy thoughts!!! --- Denise

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    1. Thanks Denise. Today is the first day of taper madness for me.....I really want to go for a run, so that must mean I am improving!

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  8. I totally understand this - felt the exact same way before the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January. I was terrified I would have a bad race, but once I found some meds to at least un-stuff my nose, the race and being at Disney helped my spirits a lot. I really hope you can kick this sickness before the race enough to have a good and fun experience! Sending well wishes your way!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, Today has been a little better so that is making me smile. And.....I feel like running and know I can't due to taper. So perhaps I have hit a taper tantrum!

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    2. Taper tantrum lol...love it! Glad to hear today is going better :)

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  9. This sounds terrible. I'm useless when I am sick, so I'm just amazed that you can keep getting up to run. Sending you pixie dust for a speedy recovery. ~Monica

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    1. Thanks so much Monica. Everyone has been so kind....social media is just amazing. Hopefully all will be well on Sunday!

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  10. Chicken soup, and lots of belly rubs. For the dog, not you. Unless it helps. :)
    And just to keep things in perspective, your "sick" paces, are still faster than my fastest "not sick" paces! feel better. :)

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    1. Aww...I love the belly rub comment. I am going to treat Lulu to a few this afternoon!

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  11. I felt an allergy attack coming on two days before we left for Princess weekend - I began taking zinc and vitamin C like my life depended on it!!! I hope you get to feeling better Pam!

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    1. Kristen, I am very hopeful that I will be fine on Sunday. With a little improvement today, and feeling the urge to run, it definitely is becoming my normal taper crazies so that makes me happy!

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  12. Get well soon! My fingers are crossed that you will be feeling 100% better by Sunday. Racing while sick is never fun!

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    1. Courtney, I agree....it is never fun to run or race when you are sick. However, I will be running Sunday and will give it my all!

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  14. Awww hope you feel better before your race on Sunday, Pam! I'm really impressed at how fast you are even when you're feeling under the weather.

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    1. Thanks. I think my luck is changing....today was a better day and I seem to be improving...maybe it just took a blog post!

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  16. So sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, Pam. I'll be thinking happy thoughts for a sudden recovery so that you can run this weekend's race to the best of your ability!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I am happy to say that I actually think my cold/cough are diminishing and my sluggishness seems to be disappearing too!

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  17. Pam,it sounds like you're finally starting to feel better! Hurray!

    If you haven't tried saline spray for your nose, you might try it for the next couple of days. It should help to clear whatever is left there up, and its drug free.

    Will be sending healing vibes your way through the weekend :)

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  18. Oh I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well. And it must stink not to know the root to make it better. Wishing you good health and luck this weekend!!

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  19. Boo! Having a cold is bad enough, but having it linger the week before a race is awful! I hope the meds kick in and you are ready to ROCK your race on Sunday! I'll be cheering from Michigan!

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