imagine my surprise that instead of posting about umstead, or a review of drugstore cowboy which i watched on wednesday night as i was preparing my drop bags for umstead, i spent yesterday with nasty flu-like symptoms. my doctor squeezed me in for a 2:30 visit and, after i couple of chest x-rays, walked out of the office with a diagnosis of pneumonia!!
surprise, even shock, was an understatement. i couldn't believe the irony. with my bags packed for the trip down to north carolina, pat and katie would fly down while i spent the next 10 days taking antibiotics and getting bed rest. i couldn't dwell on the injustice of it all because for the next several hours i was in bed bouncing from chills to muscles aches to the bathroom.
since wednesday night all i've had to eat is a cup of jello and two slices of toast. my appetite shows signs of returning this morning. thank god, because the liquid diet of gatorade and water was about to drive me to crazy. i think i'll move up the solids chain to chicken soup today. on the postive side, i've easily dropped five pounds+ since wednesday!
i'm incredibly bummed about missing umstead. for some reason, coupled with last years injuries at the race, this event must be generating some seriously negative karma for me. aside from the race itself, i won't get to see my in-laws, or friends at the race. another - unpleasant - irony is having to miss katie's birthday on sunday. and, finally, i rescheduled my thursday night and monday afternoon classes to make this trip - now all for naught!
that said, the worst thing is having to be sidetracked for up to 10 days with no running - much less racing. that will drive me nuts!
in the meantime, good luck to emmy, anthony, wayne, tammy, grant, hugo, admas, roger, bob, dave, fred, and everyone from kickrunners! have a great race (and take plenty of pictures)!