Not a Race Report

I was all set for the Kaiser Half on Sunday, had my bib and chip all ready, and went out for a short run on Saturday morning. That run did not go too well. I felt heavy and slow, and doing some strides didn’t help much. My heart rate was way too high. What was going on? The answer came later in the day, as the unmistakable symptoms of flu set in. Oh NO! Oh please let this be over in a day! I spent the day in bed and went through my pre-race ritual in the evening. Lay everything out, pin on the bib, attach the chip to my laces…

But it was hopeless of course. The decision was easy to make in the morning. I consoled myself that flu is gone in a few days unlike, say, a stress fracture or muscle tear. But it did seem unfair. I have not been sick in over a year barring a couple of mild colds, and this thing had to clobber me on a race weekend. I’ll just have to come back stronger.

Just for fun, here’s a video in French of Veronique Billat, the subject of my last post,  and her treadmill. Notice the victim test subject is wearing a safety harness in case of falls. That’s not a bad idea when doing fast intervals on a treadmill!

http://www.youtube.com/user/matmatah78#p/a/u/0/Zv244yLe23w

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4 Responses to “Not a Race Report”


  1. 1 Flo February 9, 2010 at 6:13 am

    What a total bummer that had to be. Hope you’re back to your unsick self now and ready to tackle week 10.

    Veronique needs a sandwich.

  2. 2 spaulukonis February 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

    So sad. It was a gorgeous weekend for a race, too.

  3. 3 Loraine McVey February 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Oh suck, the unfairness of it all! I know just how you feel on that one.

    Hope you’re back to full health soon, and stay that way too!

  4. 4 jime2 February 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Yup, bummer. But it’s a short outage. I’m running again, building the strength up. Need to do some racing!


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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
10K43:44
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)

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