Thursday, April 9, 2009

You Know You’re Really Sick During The Marathon Taper When

1. You get out of bed only to wonder when you get back to bed.

2. You’ve been off the road for so long that you forgot how soreness felt.

3. Food has no taste, just different degrees of blandness.

4. You're out of breath just walking fast to catch the bus.

5. Instead of preparing a victory dance, you make contingency plans for a graceful DNF.

6. Your clinical assessment of patients in the hospital is strictly based on how sick they are compared to you.

7. You go on the treadmill for a good 5 at marathon pace and you (literally) run off the treadmill!

8. Instead of making plans for running sub 3, you wonder how you’re ever going to stay awake for 3 hours.

9. You realize running a marathon the way you are would make an excellent episode of Survivor

10. You consider skipping out on the Boston Marathon as a real possibility.

BonusYou feel so sick so close to the biggest race of your life that you wonder if someone somewhere is trying to tell you something…

25 comments:

Running and living said...

Oh, Lam, this sucks big time! Sounds like a nasty cold/flu. The good news is that you have plenty of time to get better. This exra tapering might make you run your fastest race, as it has previously done in the history of the marathon. Feel better soon and keep spirits up, Ana-Maria

The Happy Runner said...

Oh no! That just sounds so bad. Especially the not running Boston part. Not even being able to start would be so much worse than just showing up without your underwear :-)

I hope you feel better really soon!

Vava said...

Hope you feel better soon. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise? I know for a fact of an Olympic gold medalist swimmer who would routinely go drinking the night before a big race to dehydrate himself, thereby losing weight, and then race before the negative effects of the dehydration took effect on his strength. So maybe your sickness is just your body's way of saying that you need to be light on your feet in Boston?

Anyway, good luck!

Jess said...

Oh man...this sucks! At least you still have some time to get better. Drink your Emergen-C and take your vitamins, Dr. Lam!

D10 said...

Yuck, not good feelings at all. Rest up, you are going to feel better soon and will rock Boston. Hang in there.

Spike said...

what they are telling you is that you will persevere and do great, you have 11 days---that is practically forever to a kid waiting for her/his birthday or a marathoner on taper.

aron said...

:( :( that sucks!! i know how bad you want to get out there, just continue to get better! you still have time! hang in there and feel better soon!

J said...

There is still plenty of time before the marathon. I am sure with some rest you will feel better! Keep your head up and think those positive thoughts!!

lindsay said...

yikes dude. feel better asap! get your rest so you can sub-3! i still believe you can do it.

Chic Runner said...

Maybe something on my blog will cheer your sickness away. PS. Send me your email address, name and address to (danicakoo@gmail.com) you don't have to worry I won't stalk you. :)

Ms. V. said...

Uh-Oh.

Go. Back. To. Bed.

Xenia said...

There's still time for recovery. Take care of yourself and the marathon will be just fine.

Loved the list though. Is it weird that I've never lost my sense of taste while sick? Other family members have, just not me.

Irish Cream said...

Rest, rest, rest and fluids, fluids, fluids!! I agree with the others that you still have time. Ugh, but I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for you. Hang in there and feel better soon!

X-Country2 said...

Aww, that's terrible. You still have time to get better. Take care of yourself and rest up.

Andrew is getting fit said...

Go see a doctor. ;)

Michelle said...

Dude, you will get to Boston and run the damn thing!! Just take care of yourself now. You know what to do!!!

GOOD LUCK!!

Danielle Runs said...

I love your list, although it's painful!

Congrats on your win!! maybe that will make you feel better.

carpeviam said...

Sorry you're really not feeling well! You still have plenty of time to get better before Boston. You'll be ready to go in 11 days.

Thinking about you!

CH said...

That's a bummer. Being sick is the worst -- especially this close to marathon time. But, you still have over a week so it will pass by then and, who knows, the extra forced rest might even help your muscles be less fatigued.

Susan said...

Blah, #3 is a total sign of sickness! There's still time before Boston...fluids, chicken noodle soup, fluids, fluids, fluids! Take care of yourself...Boston is waiting!

Run For Life said...

I'm sorry you're still sick just keep resting up and try not to worry too much. When you're feeling better I think you should post more about #7 there!

Jamie said...

every morning i wake up i wonder when i can go back to bed ;) i'm sorry to hear you are feeling so nasty. rest, drink plenty of fluids...what you're a doctor and you know this already?!? keep positive you have time to recoup and do amazing stuff in boston!

bill carter said...

Hi LL

It is that time of year... I have had a stomach virus for the last couple days and it is really interesting seeing patients IN BETWEEN trips to the little boy's room. But nothing is going to stop me (or you) from running Boston. Everybody is right in that there is still plenty of time until the race.

Think of it as a forced taper.

Best of luck.

M*J*C said...

Lam - this totally sucks, and totally doesn't fit into the plan, but you've still got time. Don't let the stress of getting sick make it worse. Fluids, sleep, fluids, sleep, eat, repeat.
We're all pulling for you.

M*J*C said...

Lam - this totally sucks, and totally doesn't fit into the plan, but you've still got time. Don't let the stress of getting sick make it worse. Fluids, sleep, fluids, sleep, eat, repeat.
We're all pulling for you.

 
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