Perhaps bronchitis + a sinus infection is not the bubonic plague but it certainly feels that way. There are 6 days until the NYC Half Marathon - for those not paying attention it has been all consuming in my life. It has been an enormously large goal that I signed up for - my very first 13.1. One that makes me extremely uncomfortable to the point that I've been working so hard to prepare. But as the saying goes, "People plan, God laughs". Well then I guess I'm the punch line. I've been so sick for the past 5 days and everyday I think it's going to get better but then it seems to get worse. Today I decided it was time for a visit to a professional. At my doctor's appointment I failed the breathing test, had to get a breathing treatment, a shot of steroids in my rear, a week's worth of steroids to take at home and a prescription for Zithromax. And still I'm having trouble taking a really deep breath and my headache is unbearable.
Then the question of the hour: "Can I run my half marathon on Sunday?" to which he responded, "Will you lose your job if you don't run it?". Well that answered that one - he said it was crazy to consider it even if I were feeling better by then bc I wouldn't be completely recovered and would cause further damage.
I could actually cry thinking about not doing it - I've been so excited about this race from the day I registered. I've not wavered in my excitement or training and now this. This is completely out of my control, nothing I can do, no distance I can run, nothing my beloved coach can do to fix this - just me and Mother Nature not getting along. This has never happened to me before - I've never had to back out of a race for anything and this sucks. Perhaps I'll be completely cured by tomorrow - let's hope!