I’ll Take Some Robitussin with a side of Rabies Vaccine, please.

So you know how I was running mile repeats like it was my job for a couple weeks there? Anyone who’s ever trained with Coach Jeff knows that that usually means you’re tapering for a race of considerable distance–and I was.

I registered for the Austin Marathon ages ago, before moving overseas was a reality. When hopping across the Pacific  became the plan, I sort of forgot about it. (Plus I had a break from the Coach-man in November & December, and that little trip to Australia where I completely destroyed my running fitness.)

Enter one day in January when I get an email reminding me of my registration. Since my current training goal is to run a 100 mile week, I asked Jeff if he’d mind me doing it as a training run (because OBVIOUSLY I had not put in a solid training cycle.) He gave me the green light, and I decided to keep my beak shut about it so I wouldn’t get all headcase-y over it. I was even fairly convinced I could break that mystical 4-hour barrier if I just started slow and steady and stayed cool.

And then Friday morning I woke up with the Ninja Death Star Cold* and was coughing so hard it made me hurt, well, everywhere. I loaded up on medicine, laid low, and hoped for the best. (I almost never get sick so I thought maybe I could beat it.) Saturday morning rolled around and after a restless night of hacking, I made the stubborn decision to head to Austin anyways. Thankfully, Mr. Engineer drove while I coughed and whimpered. By this time I had no appetite, was feeling queasy and basically wasn’t getting any better.

So what did I do? Lined up at 15th & Congress at 6 am the next morning anyways, that’s what.

this blurry image is a lovely representation of how I was feeling: foggy. blurry. blah.

I thought I felt okay and I reeeeeallly wanted to run another marathon before I leave the country–but you know where this is going, don’t you? By mile 4 I was coughing so hard I was gagging. To make a really gross story short, I dropped out at the half. So I ran a half marathon (and by ran I mean walked a ton because who can run when they’re hacking up a lung?) sick as a dog. Oops.

Luckily it was a big enough race that no one seemed to notice me and my full bib finishing with the half marathoners, but I thought for sure my shame radiated off me bright enough for all the world to see (between my time and technically DNFing, I was a sad kid.)

coming through the chute...13.1 miles ahead of schedule.

Also, the hills of Austin are TOUGH, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or runs hills A LOT.

So after collecting a new personal worst in the half distance, Monday I was treated to my first appointment at Passport Health, where I got round one of all the vaccines for the big move. Four shots. In one day. Have I ever mentioned I hate needles and they make my hands go numb and I almost pass out and cry?

And of COURSE I started running a fever from all the shots. Because I wasn’t already feeling crappy enough. Bah.

My cough has mercifully subsided and I’m definitely getting better…just in time to go have a whole lot of blood drawn tomorrow. My goal for this appointment is to not have the nurse say the following words: “You don’t look so good…are you…oh my gosh you need to lay down!”

Yeah, I’m that girl.

On the bright side, Mr. Engineer promised me froyo every time I get stuck with a needle in the next month (which will be on FOUR separate occasions. *whimper*)

So for now, I’ll be thinking about how easy it apparently is to contract rabies (i.e. rabid animal licks your recently shaven leg and BAM! rabies!) Who knew?

awareness, people.


Happy running.

*adapted from Jeri’s Ninja Death Star Flu. Name patent pending.

8 Responses to “I’ll Take Some Robitussin with a side of Rabies Vaccine, please.”

  1. 1 jeri February 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Uh hi. Remember me… your running twin? Why did I not know about this? Poop nuggets… sorry you had a sucky day. I probably wouldn’t have made it to the halfway point. :/

  2. 2 Susan - Nurse on the Run February 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    You’re crazy, lady! Hope you’re feeling better…

    Even as a nurse I sometimes get a little anxious about shots and hope that they don’t have to lay me down and get me orange juice…gah!

  3. 3 Heather C February 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Not only should that be the official name for this cold that has taken BOTH of you down, but it should have an acronym (NSDF). Just like everything else medical-related!

    Savor that froyo and let it be a distraction while the needles/nurses do their job to keep you from joining Meredith Palmer’s group of diseased people. 😉

  4. 4 katie February 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    um, yuk, you poor thing. i would have done the same stubborn thing, though. hope that by now you are feeling better, and enjoying cup after sweet cup of froyo!

  5. 5 Meghan February 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Funny story: I ran Austin this weekend, as well, and I saw someone running wearing that Office Fun Run t-shirt!

    Oh and yes…those hills were killer.

  6. 6 amyreinink February 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    This just means you’re saving your sub-4 for some random adventure race on a new continent, after which you should cash in on ALL your froyo IOUs!

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