Friday, October 23, 2009

Alright Virus...I have an opening for you inbetween long runs

Since you are so persistent. I will fit you in if I must.

I have no time for a cold. I mean where exactly on my marathon training schedule is there a giant gap where in place of running it says lie in bed and sleep? Veg on the couch and watch Office reruns? Eat only popsicles and chicken soup?

And even if it did, for the love of Pete (WHO IS PETE ANYWAY? AND WHY DO WE SO WANT HIM TO LOVE US?) who would watch my kids? Where are the mommy sick days? Because my 1 year old is not suddenly going to stop climbing on her Whinney the Pooh activity table and quit eating her sister's snotty kleenexes (yep, she really did that). Nor is my 3 year old, just going to magically begin preparing her own meals (monster cheese, spaghetti noodles, and fruit cups but only the cherries that's all she'd ever eat, well ok that or Dora gummies)and putting herself to bed ("Mamma, I'm not tired. I want to stay up forever until tommorrow"). Nope. Nada. Not going to happen.

My husband always teases me that it takes forever to get over a cold. But the truth of the matter is, it takes me forever because I DON'T GET THE LUXURY OF A REST.

But I believe I may have outfoxed this cold this time. Inspite of snotty, hacking, fevering all around me in the form of my two little peanuts, I'm hanging on with little more than a sore throat. The peak of which seems to have passed.

So here's how, because I know you all are desperate to know:
1. Vitamin C - yep I know everybody knows this already
2. Double my dosage of Vital Fruits, which is a super loaded anti-oxidant drink and yeah before I get fined by the FCC and their new internet blogging laws, I do have a vested interest in that product. But look I'm not even going to link it for you so I can get credit.
3. DanActive - read somewhere that the cultures in yogurt were good for your immune system, but I'm not a huge fan of yogurt, at least not enough to eat it on a daily basis. These are like little yogurt shots you drink. They're tasty too. (And no, I don't get paid by the Dannon people. Although, if they want to start sending me money, I'm not sending it back)
4. Go to bed semi-early. This was the hardest for me because I can NOT sleep under pressure to go to sleep.
5. Cut my runs back slightly. I've read before about how runs can affect your immune system both in good ways and bad ways. (There's a pretty good article you can read here on Runner's World about this and more tips on staying healthy during cold season). So I cut my runs back to about an hour each this week and am pushing my long run off til Sunday to give myself one extra day to kick this bug (we'll and ok...Saturday it's supposed to that played a part in my decision too)

So Mr. Virus, I believe I have been a more than gracious host for the past...oh...five or so days. But you may consider this your one and only official notice. You have (checking my watch)28 hours until my long run. Then your time is up and I can no longer be responsible for the unfriendly environment with which you will find yourself in. Heed my warning. Otherwise...Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die...wait...what?

Sorry. I was lacking for a ending and got carried away. But while we're on the subject, anybody know what that's from? Wait...don't tell us...just give us another line...I love that movie.

'Til next time...

P.S. And if you really want to get a good laugh, you all must go over to Runner's World and read The Evolution of Crazy by Mr. Bacon (see, even that's funny).

P.P.S. Big hello to the people over at Wellsphere! I somehow managed to weasle my way into becoming one of their health bloggers. I thought they were hooking my posts up automatically but looks like I have to do it on my own. Tonight's my first attempt. So if you stumbled your way over by way of Wellsphere be sure to say hello!


Thomas said...

Sounds like you have a good plan to tackle the cold.

By the way, I thought it is interesting that we, humans, are arguably viruses in our own right. I mean we need a host (Earth) and we spread like crazy, using up all the resources along the way, until the planet is eventually unsustainable. Sounds like a virus to me:)

Hope you feel better soon!

Pyrrh Pianissimo said...

Princess Bride! Love that movie, and that is my favorite line!

Great blog, and nice article. I've also written on keeping your immune system healthy over on my blog. People really need to know how to avoid and/or kick these bugs fast, especially now with the flu scare going on.

Love those adorable girls!

Twincerely,Olga said...

great post!!!Love all the tips! That is just about what I'm doing too.Everyone has been sick BUT me! I am hoping for the love of Pete it ain't gonna be me!!!LOL

runsis said...

No more rhyming now, I mean it!
Anybody want a peanut?

runnanna said...

"Anybody want a peanut"?
"Have fun storming the castle boys"
"Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher"
"As you wish"

runnanna said...

Now you got me thinking..Looked up "For the Love of Pete"! That and "for Pete's sake" used to be for the love of God/Christ or for God/Christ's sake, however, they wer considered blasphemy so Pete was used. Pete was probably a reference to St. Peter. do learn something new everyday!

runsis...I know, I know, I'm a nerd!

shellyrm said...

Great post! If you HAVE to get sick I hope your cold will follow your rules. I hope you just get lucky and avoid the germs altogether!

smilinggreenmom said...

Sorry about your cold, no fun. Our kids both have fevers today and feel awful. I hope you feel better soon and Great tips!! BTW, our family loves the natural pain cream called Topricin. It works well on our sore muscles - maybe this would help you with your cold symptoms and/or running stuff? Good Luck :)

runsis said...

You said it, not me ;)