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"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Still sick. I assume you don't want details.

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?


  1. Endorphins are chemically related to the stuff in cold medicines, so working out during a cold might help you feel better. Personally I can never overcome the extra inertia and drag myself to the gym, let alone will myself through a workout, when I'm feeling crappy.

    Feel better. Some folks at TM have run the Soldier Field 10. Maybe they can offer some thoughts on that.

  2. Great suggestion! I just posted over there and on the RW forums.

  3. The Soldier Field 10 is an awesome race, and it does sell out sometime in April. You would like it. You get to see yourself on the Jumbotron. Obviously very, very flat. Last year the post race food was awesome. I walked away with a case of about 20 bottles of Muscle Milk (as did everyone else, so I was not being a hog like usual). There was a lot of other food other than Muscle Milk too, really, really good stuff. I am going to do that race again this year!