Put your right foot in, take your right foot out…

So, I still suck. But I’m also afflicted.

I put in a good walk with my sons this weekend. We went and walked a nice trail for a couple miles. The first mile was all uphill, so it was something better than sitting on my butt. And truthfully, the walk did wonders for my motivation. The whole time we were walking this (new to me) trail, I was thinking about how great a spot for running it was. There were lots of runners on the trail too, who apparently felt the same way.

And then I got sick again.

At this point I feel pretty darn disgusted. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, as the saying goes. This time it actually knocked me out of work for two days. Tests showed that it’s not a relapse of pertussis, nor is it strep throat (as the doc feared). It’s just some bug that’s running amok in this area. It seems like I haven’t been able to go for more than a month or so this year without being infected with something. I can’t recall ever having a year like this before, where I just seem to come down with every infectious disease that invades this area. The longest stretch of health was when I started running this year, and that only lasted until my recent entanglement with pertussis. Gah!

But the weather here is turning beautiful (I love fall), and I’m really looking forward to getting back to running on something resembling a schedule. I’m back at work today, and feeling slightly better than I did the last several days. Hopefully this thing will pass quickly and I can get movin’ again.

I want to thank April Anne, Lara, Mark, and especially Pam and Jank for their support through this quiet (and sucky) period. Y’all rock.

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7 Responses to Put your right foot in, take your right foot out…

  1. Mark says:

    Hey Lafe. Hang in there OK? Sometimes that’s just the way it goes. Do you think you have low immunity for some reason right now? One trick I use (highly effective for me) is to take a whack of echinacea when people around me are getting sick and/or when I’m noticing I’m getting sick. If I do it EARLY, I can pretty much avoid these bugs. Just a thought you could try?

  2. Dianna says:

    Wow. It’s like the one-two punch! Keep the spirits high…the roads and trails will still be there when you are feeling better!

  3. Take care of yourself. Get well and then you’ll get back out there. Runners are SOOOO hard on themselves when they miss some running. Hope you’re feeling better. :)

  4. Lafe says:

    Thanks folks.

    Mark: I certainly believe my immune system isn’t working up to snuff, but I really don’t know why. It’s probably a combination of diet and stress, actually. The answer is obvious now. I need to eat better, and run more. :) And echinacea couldn’t hurt.

    Dianna: It’s been more like a 10-12 punch! :) And thanks for the encouragement.

    Pam: I’m feeling a little bit better today. I don’t think this cold is going to hang on for very long, thank goodness! It really kicked the cough back up though, that I still wasn’t completely over from the pertussis.

    Soon I’ll quit my whinin’ and get back to running. Soon!

  5. Susan says:

    And just a reminder….pertussis is really, really serious…give yourself time!

  6. jank says:

    Don’t push it.

    (Don’t use not pushing it as a reason not to challenge yourself, though.)

    I’ve had too many colds come back with a vengence because I figured I could push through them. If the running/whatever is the ONLY other thing you’re stretching – maybe. But between Real Life, family, etc, – well, we all deal with it. Don’t underestimate the power of 8 hours in the sack every night.

  7. jank says:

    Oh, and thanks.


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