Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yep, it was inevitable. I'm sick!

It happened, just as I predicted. I got sick. Today was day #2 where I called in sick to work for being really sick and not because I just need a…..(ahem)…..personal day. I can’t even remember the last time I called in sick for being well….sick. Oh yeah, all ya all out there thinking how great it would be to have the day off (or two) and do nothing, well I’m here to tell all you type-A overachiever running junkies that it is NOT all that exciting. And to prove it, here’s a run-down of my last two days:

I strategically reworked my Boston training plan to account for my 2-day absence from running. 15 times.

I stalked a guy on FB that I don’t really know that well about a new job that doesn’t really exist right now and hope he has the magic to make it work .

I went to the drug store and bought $52.38 worth of cold medicine.

I watched so much HGTV that I now hate my house and want to light a match to it and rob a bank so I can hire one of their designers to make it dreamy and no longer contains kid-puke carpet stains.

I thought I’d actually get a full load of laundry done in one day, but alas, earlier load still sits in washer for hours after it entered. Just like normal.

I googled challenging races like: Transrockies run, Western States 100, Badwater, Bighorn Trail 100, Devils Backbone, Where’s Waldo 100-K, Imogene Pass, and the one Jamoosh recommended: Bataan Death March, and actually *thought* I could feasibly do one of them.

I searched Internet flights to above races. Just in case.

I went to the gym, just because I had to have a “fix” just to stretch …. And drool over the guy running 6 min/miles on the treadmill.

I realized that even if I were running on the treadmill next to 6 min/mile guy, I’d still be drooling over that pace. Or maybe it was his shorts. Or the legs in his shorts. Or his amazing glutes??? Nah…

I thought about my website but made no more progress on a name than I did 3 months ago …

I read 6 pages of “Born to Run” and realized I’m just not going with the norm here as I am just not into that book that everyone so much is. Is it me or can I just not buy into the barefoot running thing…..

I vowed to give up sugar (again). Ate potato chips.

I obsessed over how much conditioning I've lost in the past 2 days.

I scoured ebay with my Christmas $50 ebay gift card….and bought a foam roller for my aching glute and an agility ladder to make me SUPER speedy. Never mind the wallet I desperately need.

I worked on a client’s marathon training plan. She’s running Chicago… in October…

I looked at my twins’ bedrooms and thought about cleaning them. Was relieved that thought was only a mere passing one and I actually didn’t clean them.

I slept like 32 hours in the past 2 days. More than I normally get in a week. Maybe that’s what the whole problem was to my faltered state….hum.

I read a thousand blogs. One about dogs. I don’t really like dogs. But it made me cry.

I didn't answer any emails I have sitting in my inbox needing to be answered.

And....
I didn't run *sigh*. I know my body is resting and refueling so I can come back fighting strong. I know this. But it doesn't make me happy. In fact, I think in my 3-day running hiatus, my calf hurts. The one that used to bother me all the time but has been happy now that I upped my mileage. Hum. As I sit here and type this on Tuesday evening, I've had enough television to last a lifetime and I'm ready to head back to work tomorrow (while dreaming of my new day job :) ) and get back to running. Even if it's just a short jaunt around my neighborhood. Running makes me a better me - in every sense of the word better.

Here's a pic of the college daughter and I at the wedding this weekend. Gotta love my double chin there as I try to peek in the picture. The other is of her drinking her ice coffee from a darling little cafe called City Market in downtown Denver.

Hope everyone's running long and healthy miles for me this week!!!




44 comments:

Mikey B said...

Looks like I could be the first post if I can type this in time. *peck* *peck* *pant* *pant* *pant*

Ok, the sick part is a ritual all runners get right when they are in the groove. No real solution to that other than stay away from pigs with runny noses. At least that's what I hear about swine flu anyway. What do I know, I'm a weatherman, not a doctor.

FB stalking is not as fun nor challenging as actual stalking. By the way, the wallpaper in your bedroom looks hideous through my binoculars. Can you fix that?

$52 worth of meds? WOW!

Drooling over guys at the gym? And here I thought men were the only people checking the other gender's butts on the treadmills.

ZERO sugar grams in a bag of potato chips... wise choice for diabetics.

Kids rooms... solution is tell them you hid a $20 bill in there and see how quickly they clear things up!

Get well soon. I had to throw in my comments right after teaching class tonight, hence the deep thought put into it. :)

Mikey B

AZ said...

I always do that "rework the training plan" thing when I have to miss a day or so.

You won't lose that much fitness, don't fret. Actually, you are probably getting stronger. Easy for me to say though.

Badgergirl said...

$52 worth of cold medicine? That's either a lot of cold medicine or magical cold medicine.

Feel better soon!

Anne Marie said...

OMG, I absolutely *heart* this post. really. and actually you did a heck of a lot more than I did these past 2 days!

Meg said...

Egads, sickie Jillie? Not good. I hope you feel better, sounds like you are improving if you're back to work tomorrow. Two days off from running is not much, you'll be just fine!
It looks like you kept BUSY while you were down, I loved your choice of chips over sugar, salty over sweet ANY DAY. Let's serve french fries at your party, okay?
I was a little miffed that you didn't plan our post Boston party but I guess that's my job. I'll be in touch!
Hugs to you, get well and DON'T take all that cold medicine, please.
Your daughter, S, is so cute. Where's N ?
xoxo

Abby said...

Your sick days sound a lot like my sick days :)

Hope you're on the mend soon!

HappyTrails said...

Did you enter to win the HGTV Dream House???!!!!
Get some rest, feel better and don't fret - a few days off for most people usually helps more than hurts. You'll come back ready to run!
Kathleen

jacqueline said...

hope you get well soon...sounds like you are feeling alittle suffocated inside the house :)

Twincerely,Olga said...

aww! I hope you feel better soon!!!You sound like one of those crazy running peeps!!LOL
I'm right there with ya!stop by

Twincerely,Olga said...

ps my best friend lives in Aurora

Run Jess Run said...

Hope you're feeling better!! It sounds like you got a lot accomplished even though you were home sick.

ajh said...

Funny post! I was out sick last week but only one day so didn't rework my training plan. I didn't get anything done in spite of plans to. Hope you're up and running today!

Suzy said...

Feel better! Being sick isn't any fun.

saundra said...

You did a lot, more than I do in a work day! :-0
Hope you're feeling better soon.

Teamarcia said...

It all sounds rather productive to me. stay away from that HGTV though.
Hope you feel better. And that is Not a double chin!

C2Iowa said...

The HGTV comment nearly made me spit my coffe all over my computer!!! Way too funny.

Hope that you get to felling better soon. The race and your Bday will be here before you know it and I smell a Bday PR.

Jamoosh said...

NyQuil costs $52.38 in Denver? Talk about high cost of living...

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Get well soon. Your description sounds exactly why I try so hard NOT to get sick. (chewable vitamin C company loves me)

Endurance runs - you have been teasing about this for awhile now. I will let you know how my first 50 miler goes this weekend. :)

Shannon said...

Get well soon!!!!

Don't you just love how HGtv makes you hate your house. I think they must have a deal with Lowes or Home Depot ...

Claire said...

Best post yet! ;-)

Get better, Jill! I was there about 2 weeks ago....bleh.

Marlene said...

I hate "wasting" sick days when I'm actually sick.. you just can't enjoy it! Feel better soon!!!

onebadrunner said...

bummer about sick.
good for you for: not cleaning boys' rooms, not taking a match to your house, going off sugar, for resting, and for stalking a man! ;-)

feel better soon.

Jennifer said...

Wow, you sound busier than most people when they are not sick! Rest up get better so you can get back on the road!

Katie said...

That stinks that you missed a couple running days, but it won't kill you (or your training)! Hopefully you're feeling better! I had to take two days off for my stomach bug too, but I was so sick and weak I didn't think about it until Wednesday when I decided I had to start running again. I was irritated that I didn't get in my the weekly miles I wanted, but it happens...

Jocelyn said...

Fell better! nothing worse than feelin like crap

Glenn Jones said...

$50 for cold medicine? Was it the kind that was distilled in Lynchburg TN? ;-)

Hope you're feeling better!

Katie A. said...

Hope you're feeling better!
BTW, I loved this post and the pics of your daughter and you - she is gorgous like you!

Staci Dombroski said...

I hope you are feeling better soon! I was seriously cracking up on this post!

aron said...

hope you feel better soon!!!

Julie said...

Hi Jill,
Oh, I am so sorry that you are still not feeling well. That sucks!! At least you got to read alot of blogs and eat potato chips:) You are going to be fine and back on track soon!! Your daughter is very beautiful and looks like her mother!! Thanks for making me laugh as usual:) Jill I read the comment you left for Adam yesterday...you know the one about super flexible girl....very funny!!!! Not only do I enjoy reading your posts but your comments will always keep me laughing!!! Get well soon Jill!!!

Psyche said...

Your post makes me want to take a sick day so I could get that much done:)

ShutUpandRun said...

Damn girl for being sick you sure got a lot done. Feel better soon..

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Gee for being sick you got more done than I do most days. I know you are going stir crazy from not running! Get healthy again and you will be right back at it. Health and well rested. Just think how fast you will be after a little rest.

No sugar! No sugar!

Irene said...

If it weren't for H&GTV, I don't think I could survive being sick with regular daytime TV, however, I wish the Design on a Dime team would come do my bedroom, or entire house, if that's possible.

Hey, that's exactly what I spent on drugs! Cheers!

Get well soon!

Running and living said...

Oh, feel better soon! I hate getting sick during training. But, good thing it happened now and not in March, or April (well, never a good thing, but you know what I mean). Also, your muscles are going to be so thankful when you do get another run in.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You are one PRODUCTIVE sick lady!! If I am sick I read Blogs, email, then RELAX and veg in front of the TV while hubs waits on me :)

Feel better ASAP.

So do you think that sprinting uphill is bad?? Just curious based on your response to my facebook/dailymile post??

runningcommentaries said...

a) you have lost no conditioning in 2 days so you are fine.
b) it's ok to be sick
c) western states is full, so... apply for the lottery next year! it is a great race.
d) your daughter is so cute!

Velma said...

Feel better!!! I didn't like Born to Run either.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Hope that you're feeling better by now!! You did a lot while sick though, maybe the cold medicine wasn't strong enough?? Haha take care, and have a great weekend!

Jesse said...

Wow, you are insanely productive on your sick days. I just spent the last two days sick at home and all I did was watch The Price is Right.

Jenn said...

Gosh you crack me up! So sorry you're under the weather but hope your on the upside now! $52 worth of cold medicine-I hope you at least got a good high!! You and your daughter look like sisters! I really love your blog, Jill. Always makes me laugh out loud!

Davide (The Artist Formerly Known As Moose) said...

Haha, you are one funny sick woman! Here's hoping you get well ASAP!!! Ciao my friend!

Anonymous said...

Hi jill!

Always love reading your posts, you make me laugh despite sometimes you're really suffering but you find a way to put that into nice and funny words!!

Hope you get well soon!
Andrea Saad

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