When you find yourself on the phone to your mother at 2 am searching for the soothing voice of sympathy, you’ve done something stupid. I have been battling this cold for nearly a week now, and although yesterday morning I was chipper and enthusiastic, I was not 100% fit to run. But the sun was out, and that’s kind of like my kryptonite, people. Not so much that is destroys me, but it has an overpowering effect on me, leaving me unable to resist it’s seductive lure of sexy warmth.
So I ran the 10k, and it hurt to breathe, and I was in a substantial amount of discomfort throughout, and I intentionally avoided looking at my heart rate because I wanted to avoid a freak out. And then it was over, and I entered a delusional stage that made me feel like I had the power of the HULK (and the overall sex appeal – ie. none). Witness:
And then I felt progressively worse as the day wore on. Here is a visual representation of the remainder of my afternoon (remembering that I have a sunshine fetish and it was BEAUTIFUL outside):
Fast forward nearly 12 hours, and I was shivering on my sofa, speaking to my mom in Houston about how crap I felt and getting reassurances like ‘Your throat wont close off and suffocate you in your sleep’, and ‘I promise you don’t have Meningitis, you’d be too sick to phone me if you did’ (I tend to become
a bit a total freak-out hypochondriac when I get really ill, especially at night).
I can’t remember when I eventually got to sleep, but I woke up at 6:30 to get ready for work. By 10 am I was headed right back to my bed, via the pharmacy for some pain relief drugs and Vicks Vapour Rub (amazing stuff). One power nap and a bit of planning for next week done, I feel no better and no worse.
Knowing that I’ll miss spin class tonight is a bit of a bummer, so in an attempt to cheer myself up, I have registered myself and my unsuspecting mother (a lithe and spirited 55 year old) for a fancy dress 5k in Houston during my planned visit in October.
She said in a recent conversation: “I’ll make sure to read your blog sometime soon.”
We’ll just wait and see how much truth there is in that statement, shall we?
***EDIT*** Costume suggestions welcome (and encouraged) in the comments section!