Last night I made my list of things to pack for the weekend in Myrtle Beach, fine-tuned my ultimate half-marathon playlist, bought a bottle of celebratory champagne to have after the race, and tried to get in bed early. This morning I woke up and while driving to work I think to myself, "I don't feel all that great." My throat is a little sore, my head hurts, I feel the tiniest bit chilled, my ears are a little achy. Nooooooooooo!! It is one of those feelings where it could totally go away soon, or it could turn into something bad. I'm hoping it is just the start of a very mild head cold. I am going to drink a couple Emergen-C packs, and I have already started on Zicam nasal swabs. I am usually a baby about running when I don't feel well, aka...I don't run when I don't feel well. It's not like I am going out there to win any prizes, or be top in my age group (heck, even to be in the top half of my age group). My 2 previous half times have been 2:40 and 2:24:40, BUT STILL, I'd like to not feel like hooey in the morning.
I should have known better than to sign up for a race on Valentine's day. As a child, I really can't remember a Valentine's day that I wasn't sick. It's not that I'm a sickly person, I really only get sick once or twice a year, but it always seems to fall on V-Day. I always missed my elementary school V-day parties, and a friend would have to drop my little white sack of Valentine Card's at my house for me after school. I'm not sure why this is, but I seem to have some kind of perverse Cupid's Curse that ensures I will not be feeling my best on Feb 14th.
So please send some healthy vibes to South Carolina today, both myself and Carolina John are in need of some!
With all that said, I'm not sure what my goal for the race is. I would of course love a PR (anything faster than 2:24:40), but if that doesn't happen I'm not going to worry about it. For now my cop-out goal is just to finish with a time and effort I feel proud of, whatever time that may wind up being.
Oh, and just for added fun a giant pimple decided to take up residence right between my eyes cyclops-style, should look great in the race pics.