Friday, March 17, 2006

It's Official

I’m unwell. I don’t want to use the term sick, because I don’t feel that bad, but I’m certainly not in any condition to run a marathon at the moment. It’s a very good thing indeed that it’s still 9 days to go, that should leave me plenty of time to recover.

The day didn’t start too badly. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means I’m off work of course. Nana and Gaga are here, and provide some help with the children, leaving me with the possibility to take it easy during the day. I went for what was supposed to be a recovery run, but it didn’t work out that way. I was running way too fast. Every time I tried to put on the breaks and consciously slowed down to an acceptably low pace, the body took over once I let my mind wander again and speeded up again. I presume it’s down to me being full of energy from the taper.

However, once I got back home, I soon started to feel unwell. By lunchtime I felt really cold, and it stayed like that all day. I didn’t develop a temperature, but it sure felt like that was only a matter of time. I used the opportunity to lie in bed most day and read Run Strong, nearly from cover to cover, plus I had some peeks into Pfitzinger’s and Lydiard’s books. An hour ago I took some ibuprofen, and I feel much better now, which once again confirms this as my drug of choice (not entirely unusual for a runner, I presume). I don’ know how I’ll feel once the drugs wear off, of course. I’m hopeful a decent night’s sleep would cure me, but those are few and far between for me, thanks to my boys.

I’m very confident that I’ll be ok for the marathon, though, so don’t you all worry too much about me.

Good Luck to Rob in his insane quest.

17 Mar: 5 miles, 41:50, 8:22 pace


  1. Sorry Thomas, but when you said you were out running in the nasty weather in your T-Shirt I think I jinxed you by thinking you would catch a cold - sorry dude! At least you are young and strong and WILL recover in time for the M! Sneak off and get some extra sleep!

  2. OK, so take it easy, get plenty of rest (With children? HA!) and you'll be fully recovered in plenty of time.

    I've never read Pfitzinger, which is odd, since he's from my hometown. Hmm, I'll have to pick up that book.

  3. Thomas, feel better soon. Doesn't everyone get sick during the taper?

  4. Sorry to hear you are under the weather! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

    And Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  5. You do have plenty of time to recover. Pop some extra vitamins and drink lots. Hope you feel better soon!

  6. Hey thomas,
    Must either be something going around or you're just looking for a day off. The real story is that it's St Paddy's day and your were at the pub!! Happy day and get better soon,

    Boston Mike in Green

  7. happy st pattie's day! hope you feel better soon - i'm sure you'll be ready for the M

  8. I got sick at about that time before each of my 3 marathons. It seems to be the body's reaction to tapering or something. Don't worry - use it as extra incentive to take it easy over the next 9 days.

  9. I really hope you will recover for the marathon day. By the way a great performance in Twickenham, I am sure you are proud of your rugby team.