The good and the bad

So, the last 24 hours have been a solid mix of good and bad. After work on Thursday, I ran to NYRR to pick up my bib and tshirt for tomorrow’s 1/2 marathon in Brooklyn. I felt a little “off” during the 5-miler (a little dizzy, kind of dehydrated), but tried not to dwell on it too much. After cleaning myself up, I headed down to the Crosby Hotel in SoHo for an event sponsored by Ocean Spray Cranberries. I sipped a yummy cocktail made with pineapple juice, sparkling cranberry juice, and rum and got a gratis manicure from Bliss Spa technicians. Whee! Despite my crappy run, this event cheered me up.

I nibbled on some appetizers during the party (and uhhh a bag of street peanuts on the subway ride home…), so I wasn’t super hungry when I arrived at my apartment. I heated up a bowl of tomato soup with grated parmigiana-reggiano and ate it alongside some bread with olive oil and cheese. Not a gourmet dinner by any means, but it was better than nothin’.

I had grand plans to wake up this morning, run a few shake out miles, eat a balanced breakfast, and have an awesomely productive Friday.

Instead…I woke up with a sore throat, congested nostrils, and a cough. YUMMY. I thought my allergies were causing me to feel off this week, but I’m pretty sure I’m legit sick. I slept on and off for most of today (no running) and stocked up on Gatorade, Emergen-C, and Afrin nasal decongestant. I know that Afrin shouldn’t be used for more than a few days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m bummed to be feeling yucky before this race, but I still plan on toeing the line in the morning. Depending on how I feel, I may just do the race as an easy long run. I have an out of town wedding tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully I finish in one piece!

If I bomb the race, at least I have a cute party dress and an open bar to look forward to…

Over and out, friends. Any tips for running with a head cold? Send me good wishes – I will need ’em!

  • AR

    Drug up, tea up and hope for the best. I’ve had good races with slight head colds and I’ve had miserable experiences. Really one of those things you have to play by ear. :-/

    Also: I <3 Stoli

  • Ugh, hope you feel better for tomorrow’s race. Cute dress! I hate feeling sick before a race. Hopefully, that extra rest and some fluids will help. Just take it easy and don’t expect the body to do anything it doesn’t want to. 

  • Dani

    Sorry to hear Meg. I hope you are feeling better an will see you tomorrow! That dress is super cute though!

  • Lauren

    i’m running it tomorrow and i feel nervous/ a bit unprepared. i’m hoping to just make it a fun training run and not to stress out too much. besides i’ve never raced a half in brooklyn before so it’ll be fun, right?

    tons of water and emergen-c and get a lot of sleep. best of luck tomorrow!

  • Aw, that sucks 🙁 I am sending you good wishes and hoping you wake up feeling better and ready to run! 

  • Sarah

    Oh no! That really stinks. I love your dress though! Hopefully you’ll still be able to have fun during the race and then reward yourself at the wedding party! Good luck!

  • Ada

    Oh no, I hope you feel better asap! Even if you’re feeling crummy, I know you’ll still rock the race:) 

  •  Oh man, just chug the emergen-c and get as much sleep as you can. Feel better and good luck!

  • Feel better! I’m sure you’ll do great.
    Cute dress, indeed! 🙂

  •  Hope you feel better soon.  And I love the dress : )

  • Try to konk out early and load up on the emergenc! At least you have a very cute dress to put on afterward! 

  •  do they do a carb free cranberry drink yet ?

  •  Congrats on the race! Whatever you did, it seemed to work ok, eh? Hope you have a good rest of the weekend!

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  • I thought that oily foods causing the problem of your sore throat. I was also doing same thing when i was in party. Last week in my colleagues party, I was nibbling on spicy and cheese foods.. But the day after, i fallen in disease due to food positioning..