Happy Saturday!

Flu Recovery:

I was just starting to feel sick when I wrote my last post on Sunday and the week went downhill FAST!

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Tea is a sickie’s best friend

The last time I had the flu was 2009 and I’m fairly certain I had it again this week. Whatever it was, it left me with a fever that reached 103 at one point and overall the fever lasted for 3 days with full on night sweats, chills, severe fatigue, aches and sore skin! Even the skin on my scalp was sore that washing my hair was painful. I managed to work in spurts when the Tylenol would kick in and then rest when I was caught up and did nothing but lay on the sofa or take Duncan for short walks the rest of the day.

One of the 3 times I ventured outside all week

One of the 3 times I ventured outside all week

Tuesday of course was Valentine’s Day and Mr. SOTSS was already starting to feel crappy too so we spent the evening on the sofa sipping hot tea and watching the Westminster dog show.

The winner!

The winner!

The other winners

The other winners

IMG_9315He was sweet enough to bring me candy and flowers and a beautiful card. I sent him home with hand written instructions for medicine that could help ease his symptoms. Fair exchange, no?

My V-day goods

My V-day goods

His goods

His goods

Wednesday I had to bail on the night hike which was really a bummer but I was in no shape and Thursday I popped over briefly to visit Mr. SOTSS and make sure he was recovering ok. Yesterday I was fairly busy with work and other than that just took Duncan to the park for a hot minute.

my laptop accessory

my laptop accessory

quick ride to park for hot-minute walk

quick ride to park for hot-minute walk

Meanwhile today is the Cold Feat 10K trail run (like in an hour!) and while I’m still going to run it, I’ll have to adjust accordingly. I still have a cough and some chest congestion and the coughing fits have left me with stomach discomfort and extremely interrupted sleep. This leads me to wanting to discuss “finish line” vs “finish time”

Finish Line vs Finish Time

I think it’s so important to have a clear goal in mind of ONLY one of these when running a race. Since the new year began I’ve run 2 trail runs and both races I knew going in were just to get to the finish line. I had not a single care in the world about what the time on the clock was or should have been. And each race I walked away feeling complete and accomplished. This is a new thing for me. I remember feeling like “why bother” if I knew I couldn’t run the race at a pace I thought I should be running. Today’s 10k will be solely for that finish line! I might have to walk/hike some of the course but I’m ok with that because I am choosing “finish line” over “finish time” in an effort to take care of myself.

Hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be back with a recap later this weekend.

How sick is the sickest you’ve ever been?

How do you decide if a race goal will be the “finish line” or a “finish time”? 

4 Comments

  1. Glad you are feeling better – with a fever like that, it definitely sounds like the flu! My daughter and I both got the H1N1 strain of flu that was going around back in 2009 (about a week before our scheduled flu shots – augh!). I had a fever of 103 for several days and a cough that lingered for – I kid you not – almost 10 weeks. It was the worst – you forget as an adult how miserable a high fever like that is!

    Now that I’m well into my 40’s, I feel like more and more of my races are “finish line” v. “finish time.” I really fall apart during marthons so those are always “finish line” for me! Shorter races are more “finish time” but I really only do a handful of those per year these days. Mostly I run just to get some exercise, fresh air, and combat my 40+ year old metabolism 🙂

  2. Whatever you’ve got sounds exactly like what I have. The fever hit suddenly on Thursday and I’ve been couch-bound ever since. Today was the first day with a mostly normal temperature. Now I just have zero energy, a cough and chest congestion. Sucks.

    The sickest I’ve ever been was about 7 years ago. I had the flu, which turned into pneumonia. I missed 2 weeks of work and lost 15 lbs in that time. It was pretty bad.

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

    • Oh Becky! I’m sorry you got sick too. At least your temp is down. I definitely think that was the worst although the cough apparently hangs around for a while.

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