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A jinx… and a change of focus

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webmaster | 10/24/13

Last week I wrote about cold and flu season peaking along with my weekly mileage — and jinxed myself.

As you read this, I’m suffering from an ear infection and upper respiratory infection. My husband, kids and I all caught the same cold, but they’re recovered or recovering and I’m sitting here miserable. But it’s my own fault; I was sick and ran my last long run before the marathon — 20 miles — on Saturday anyway.

The 9-minute-mile-pace run included plenty of hacking, spitting, praying and snotty tissues. It was not pretty, but I got it done.

Now that I’m resting (and medicating), the race-day worries are already creeping up on me. I’m worried about race-day weather, my race-day outfit, my race-day fuel… the day-before-race-day meal, the day-before-race-day hydration, and the night-before-race-day sleep...


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