Posted by: pursuingsub17 | August 11, 2011

Still sick from my half iron race

I haven’t been able to write up my race report. Everything lately feels like an immense effort. It’s been three weeks and I’ve only been able to engage in some type of physical activity twice. I wound up with an ear infection two days after the race and it’s progressed into a throat and sinus infection. If that isn’t bad enough, I’m still completely exhausted. This is very different than last year when I bounced back fairly quickly. I think this race really kicked me in the pants – or I was already sick going into it and just didn’t realize it. Only way to describe how I’m feeling is that it’s similar to how I felt when I had mononucleosis as a teenager. I’m just exhausted all the time.

Work has been crazy too. My personal life has become strained. It isn’t bad – it’s just that August and September are still all about catering to others’ needs and not my own. I’m happy for my cousin – but her wedding stress is taking a toll on me. I’m happy for Marc being able to see his son again. The two have been spending almost every weekend together to play catch up and since his son is moving back home for the school year, I can see why they want to be together. But I’m expected to join them on every outing and it’s wearing me out. Yes, I haven’t been doing any physical activity with regards to training or just working out for a half hour – but my recovery time has been hampered by having to socialize so much. Every weekend has been some big event – going to the fair, going to the Heritage Days festival, having Marc’s son over for Harry Potter marathon night, making dinner for my step-dad’s birthday, this weekend is camping with friends. Why I’m going with a sore throat and sinus infection, I have no idea. I can barely hear, my ear is so plugged up. But God forbid I dissappoint someone.

September will be all about my cousin’s wedding. Every weekend is booked up with helping prepare, holding the staggette, being in the wedding party. I just keep thinking that if I can just get through the next two months, I might actually have three months left of 2011 where I can stick to my New Year’s resolution, to put my needs first.

Sigh – so I’m looking forward to the end of September. I’m hoping I can get started on my off-season training before then though. Not working out is making me grumpy!

I promise I’ll get that race report done before the month is over. There’s a lot to tell – from sticking to things I learned last year to discovering new ones. It was a totally different race than last year. I have all my points written down so I remember. I just can’t seem to focus on what I want to say. But let’s just say it won’t be a typical “here’s what to do and what not to do” type of race report.

Hint: It’s all about the journey that counts – not the reward.


  1. Girl it sounds like you need some serious R & R time. But it is so hard to find when there are so many demands on our time. And it seems everyone needs something. And usually that means NOW…LOL!!

    Sounds like that personal sacrifice demon is winning right now. Just remember that you’re no good to anyone if you’re in the hospital. Hope you can find some time for yourself very soon.

    Feel better soon!! Look forward to reading your race report but no pressure…whenever you have time and feel like it 😉 Be well!!

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