I started writing this post last week, with high hopes for a strong race. Since then, I’ve come down with a nasty chest cold, complete with hacking, wet cough. Now, I’m not even sure I’ll be able to finish the race period, if I decide to start at all. The weather is looking pretty bad, and if it’s freezing cold and raining or snowing, I probably won’t risk getting more sick. As it is, vigorous movement (like jumping rope at rehearsal) is causing my throat to feel like it’s on fire. Needless to say, this is very disheartening, especially when I was feeling so good about things last week. The goals I set out below were goals for when I was healthy and not hacking up a lung. Now, it will be an accomplishment just to finish, so my edits are in italics.
1. Finish healthy and uninjured. After my half in November, I took 6 weeks off due to a mysterious foot injury, and I’d rather not repeat that any time soon. The most important thing is to finish the race without hurting myself. This now also applies to my illness–I need to remember that I have a show in 3 weeks and I need to get healthy ASAP. If I run really hard in the cold and wet, I’m risking prolonging my illness or making it worse. I really don’t need pneumonia right now.
2. Finish under 60 minutes. I know I am perfectly capable of running a sub-60 10k and it’s a fairly comfortable pace for me. If I have a strong recovery in the next 36 hours, I’d say this is still possible, but not likely.
3. Finish under 58:31 (PR). Technically any 10k race would be a PR just because I’ve never run a true 10k race before, but my virtual 10k PR is 58:31. It would be nice to beat that, but I ran that while I was in the middle of a really strong half marathon training cycle, and this cycle has been all over the place. Unless I have a miraculous complete recovery, this goal has pretty much gone out the window.
Right now I’m feeling really conflicted about what to do. I know that it will likely come down to a last-minute decision on Saturday morning when I wake up and assess how I’m feeling. I just hate not knowing what’s going to happen. I also have a tendency to be overly cautious in situations like this, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a bummer to have paid for a race and then not do it. Only time will tell.
Would you run a race in the rain with a cough?