Well, if I could apply a numerical value to how shit I feel today, it would roughly translate to 99/100. I have been battling a cold for the last couple of days, but last night it really kicked into power mode, and I woke up this morning with cold sweats and a fever. I nearly walked into the walls several times on my trip to the bathroom (at most, a 10 meter journey) due to being dizzy and sore, but still turned on the shower for my ‘pre-race clean up’. As I waited for the water to heat up, I turned 90 degrees to my left, caught sight of myself in the mirror, chuckled at how pathetic I looked, realized it hurt to chuckle, and then had a coughing fit for approximately 3 minutes. Once I had caught my breath and steadied myself, I switched off the shower and took my temperature. Ah, shitty, fuckity fuck McFuck.
I texted my friend who was meant to be giving me a lift with the bad news, and went back to bed, furious, but exhausted.
After another few hours of sleep, I woke up to have my boyfriend utter the 3 words every girl who is sick and looks a hot mess wants to hear:
“The heating’s broken.”
Did I mention it had been snowing? No? Well it had been snowing. And I know some people think ‘hate’ is a strong word, but I hate the cold. I looked at my phone and noticed that all the Glenlivet 10k runners would be setting off in a couple of minutes, and I felt so dissapointed in myself, and so, so, so fucking angry at my boiler. I also felt a significant amount of pain, though I may have mentioned that before.
Since my 11:00am moment of self-pity, the plumber has been and gone, and the flat is slowly heating up. I am still really bummed I didn’t make the race, as I am the first to tell people to ‘man up’ (and I readily admit I told myself several times this morning to stop being such a wuss), but I honestly don’t think I could have have run a mile today, much less a 10k that involves about 5 hours of traveling to take part in. I mean, when I wake up and don’t immediately think about food, I know there’s something wrong.
I hate not following through on plans, and it kills to know I missed out on another finisher’s medal, but I guess sometimes you just need to be sensible and realistic. I hope everyone racing today had a blast, and to those who I might’ve met at the Glenlivet, there are still plenty more races in the year.
Totally doesn’t mean I’m not pissed off.