I’m so so so bummed out – Sick: dehydrated, fever, chills, could not keep anything down yesterday. First time at work I had to leave early. I haven’t been sick for over 3 years and now the big weekend is here and I'm stuck at home with the flu. When I woke up yesterday morning, it went downhill from there. I’ve been preparing since the VT-100 last summer and now the weekend is going to be spent thinking about what I wish I was doing. I even put off Arkansas in October for this race (and other reasons) only to be stopped in my tracks because of the flu. The weather looks great for this weekend, plans made (time off from work, hotel reservations, food, gear packed...) and I have the flu. I feel a little better today, but not recovered yet. My mind wants to race anyway but my heart says don't because my body has been dehydrated, low in fuel, and still trying to recover. This is so frustrating to be this close to race weekend, ready to go, trained and tapered, and to be stopped at the last minute by the flu. I'm having a hard time accepting my situation and want to race anyway. Laura was my voice of reason and told me running 100 miles is hard enough when I'm at full capacity, and being sick would only put me in danger of hurting myself. I know she is right, but difficult to accept. Not a happy situation.
I’m trying to find the silver lining, but the thought of not running in the inaugural Pinhoti trail 100 is disturbing. Not a good way to finish the year.