I don’t get sick very often. In fact, I don’t remember getting anything more than a slight case of the sniffles last year. In my 9 years at my current job I have had to cancel ONE class due to illness… and that, unfortunately, was last week. OH, I’ve been sick and stayed home, but since I teach and the schools I go to have scheduled us MONTHS in advance sometimes, you pretty much have to drag me out of the classroom.
But, alas, I’m not invincible. I caught a stomach bug last week that both laid me low and scared the hell out of me at the same time. Sparing the gory details, let’s just say I was on the throne every hour on the hour for 4 straight days and suffered some internal bleeding. Fortunately, this cleared up just MINUTES before my self imposed window closed. If I had gone about another hour with this problem I would have gone to the ER. Something I haven’t done in a VERY long time.
Even 4 days later I am still weak and shaky, and fighting occasional tummy trouble, but I’m fairly certain I will at least live. Something that was briefly in doubt for a while.
However, my 8 mile run this morning was surprisingly faster than anticipated, even if it felt slow. I’m sore, like I just started back running again after a 6 month hiatus. I would have thought that 5 days off, given my current state of fitness (pretty darn good) would not have made much difference, but it seems tenuous at best sometimes. The last mile this morning did have me scanning in front and behind trying to judge if I had enough time to jump off into the woods and take care of business or if I should just squeeze it. I made it to the bathroom… er… finish line. Barely. I’m jealous of everyone who claims to have had this bug and state that it only lasted a couple of days and was pretty mild. ….bastards.
Regardless, I’m back at it. Not much the worse for wear, but feeling a bit mentally older. I hate it when my own mortality makes an appearance and “harshes my mellow”… dude.
I am supposed to run 16 on Saturday. And then 10-12 on Sunday. The weather is up for it. Here is hoping I can be as well. Time to put my behind in the past… as it were. I’ve got some serious miles to pack on.