Tuesday, October 07, 2008

10 Good Things About Being Sick

10. I rested much more than I probably would have otherwise between my two week-apart marathons.

9. Decongestants make going to sleep the day before a race no problem.

8. Waking up at 3:30am race morning is easy when -- cough, cough -- the meds have worn off.

7. Thanks to a mild fever, 42-degrees F at the race start did not feel that cold to me.

6. I couldn't talk to Chatty Cathy during my race because I'd lost my voice.

5. The second half of my marathon went by quick because I wasn't feeling well and wanted it to be over sooner.

4. A slower marathon race time doesn't bother me at all.

3. Maine lobster tastes better after a tough race. OK, it's the first time I've ever had it but I'm sure it couldn't have tasted better!

2. I get more room on crowded flights when I blow my nose and cough often.

1. If I must have some downtime after a race, might as well be sick too so I can kill two birds with one stone :-)

Stay tuned for the race report next!

18 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh Shirley!!

sharon said...

You get extra point in tri heaven for your efforts. I want to know though why you are still smiling in all your pics? Are you not normal? Could we please have a picture of you where you look miserable? It would sure make me feel better about myself.

sharon said...

You get extra point in tri heaven for your efforts. I want to know though why you are still smiling in all your pics? Are you not normal? Could we please have a picture of you where you look miserable? It would sure make me feel better about myself.

Petraruns said...

You are amazing woman. Truly. Talk about turning a frown upside down. HAving said that, Maine lobster would to that for me! Now relax and unwind... and get better soon!

Jade Lady said...

congrats - oh, wow - sounds like it was a tough race with a cold - you're always so tough!

CewTwo said...

You are amazing! That is all that I can say.

With your help as I planned my training for this marathon that I am soon to run, I did dedicate one of those miles to you, my friend!

Thanks for your friendly, excellent advice; your inspiration and your friendship!

Charlie

I was at a restaurant with a friend over the weekend. The hostess at the entrance was sniffling, sneezing and coughing. My friend literally pushed me away from her and told me not to go any closer. "You have too much at stake for you to catch anything," He said.

Aren't people who care for you good people?

Brittany M. said...

You are queen of the silver lining!! Wow!! You are one tough cookie!

Bruce said...

42 C (hopefully not F otherwise you would have been like the lobster before it was cooked) sounds high to me. When the kids were small we would get frightened if their temperatures ever reached 40 C. Maybe not everything is over yet, so take it easy and avoid being out in the cold weather unless doing purposeful exercise. I need to think back to England when I think about cold weather.

Susan said...

This is an excellent list! I agree with the killing 2 birds with 1 stone part for sure. Might as well be sick THEN!

Gotta Run said...

You post is just what I needed. Being sick is no fun but it does give me a good excuse to have an extra rest day or two.

Congrats on ANOTHER marathon!!!!

I am sending well wishes your way :)

Rural Girl said...

Shirley, you are a crazy woman! That's why we love you! I hope you feel better soon. Beutiful pictures from the New Hampshire race!

Formulaic said...

That's a great way to look at it.

In reality, I really love the comment about if your gonna be sick (and we all will be sometime), might as well be down time.

Two birds one stone.

Runner Leana said...

I hope you are feeling better! I guess that is one way to look at the positives!

Brent Buckner said...

Mmmm... lobster....

Be well soon!

akshaye said...

Hope you feeling better! Seems like everyone's catching something. Congrats on the Maine race.. I cant even imagine doing it sick.. you are amazing!

RoadBunner said...

Congratulations on another marathon!

lizzie lee said...

SHIRLEY~~~ I admire you, what a great pace and courage for running sick, even if is not your best, I think was great.

The lobsters are never better, they are always THE BEST... You are right on that one... Thanks for sharing, waiting for the report...

PLANET3RRY said...

Good! Another Optimist's Flame burning bright!

Get Well...