Yeah, I'm under the weather. Last night I kept it together enough to work all day, then came home and sat on the couch for hours watching mindless tv, blowing my nose, and feeling sorry for myself and how miserable I felt.
So, today I'm doing the logical thing and responding to my inability to run by thinking about registering for another race: the Soldier Field 10m. Anyone done this race before? Most specifically, I'm curious if it fills up, and when. I have a lot going on in May and I'm not positive I can make it to Chicago for that date, so I have to decide whether to register and gamble on being able to make it, or wait until I'm sure I can make it and gamble on whether the race might close early.
I would like to try to go to the gym later this evening, even if just to do the recumbent bike or something that gets me moving, but I'm torn. If I saw someone in my condition at the gym, I would be very angry with them for threatening the health of other gym goers. What do you think?
On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"