Friday, November 20, 2009

The 10k FAIL?

So...I'm supposed to run this thing called a 10k in a few weeks. December 13 to be exact. A few weeks back this seemed like a fabulous idea. Then I got sick. The cold from hell descended on our humble abode and took all of us, minus TD, under. It was like some Kraken from the deep. Everyone got better except me. Two weeks later, still sick and crying from the sheer sick of being sick syndrome I headed to my local Urgent Care one night this week.

Sinus Infection. No wonder I felt like my face was imploding, cracking and generally falling apart with pain.

Throughout this time of plague I haven't been able to run. Weeks of no running have gone by. I got three miles in, maybe. There's been no cross-training, no training runs. No nothing. The coughing, the body aches, the lack of sleep- it was just too much.

I'm set to run seven miles Saturday and then in two weeks it is the 10k. I feel a big fat, FAIL coming on. I need to make it in 1:05 or less to qualify for the half-marathon I want to run in March. However, I'm feeling less than optimistic. If I can pull off a good time Saturday maybe my confidence will be restored, but right now while my body is feeling better, my mind is messing with my head. The word is still out on my lungs. They aren't really returning my calls right now, but I think they'll survive.

I've wanted this so badly for so long it seems and now I'm feeling so depleted in spirit I just don't know if I can pull it off. It's all setting up to making me feel less than me and I don't like it one bit.


  1. It's not going to be a 10K fail - it's going to be a 10K huge success! The sick thing sucks, but you're still trying, right? And that's the success part!

    (I'm still thinking I'll probably do this one, btw)

  2. Good luck! I bet you'll do great. Remember the power of positive thinking. Cheesy, I know, but I do think it works with running.

  3. Ugh. That stinks. I didn't realize you had to qualify for some of those races. I hope you kick ass!!!!

  4. I bet the energy of the race will carry you! You might be sore the next day and your lungs might feel tight (but you can practice deep breathing ahead of time even if you're not running!). Still, remember, it's really only an hour or so of your life. There are so many half-marathons that don't have any time requirements. So what if you don't qualify for the National? It will probably be super cold anyway! Have fun, drink lots of water from now until then, and good luck.

  5. You can do it!! I know how you feel - Have an 8K coming up on Thanksgiving morning (what was I thinking?!) so I can understand the feeling of worry! A little mantra of "I think I can" confidence can do amazing things though :) Good luck - I'll be thinking of you on Thursday morning out on the course! (And hope you feel better too!)


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