Happy Friday! It’s cool and rainy here in the Chicago area this morning. Why not pull up a chair so we can catch up over a nice warm cup o’ Joe?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you to take a few steps back and chat with me from across the room. I’ve been sick since Monday, and as of this morning, I feel like I might hack up a lung. Sorry for the visual. The Chicago Marathon is in just two days. This seriously is no bueno. I have never DNSd a race, and at this point, I don’t plan to. I will wait until race day to decide. For now I’m taking all the home remedies I can think of, and I am hydrating, hydrating, hydrating.
Over coffee I would tell you that I’m soooo tired of traveling! Don’t get me wrong; our trip to Europe was amazing. But I don’t doubt the international travel, dealing with the time change, and being trapped in an airplane with stale air for our 10 hour flight home had everything to do with my getting sick. I even swabbed all the surfaces around me with disinfectant wipes, but to no avail. After this weekend I have three more business trips to to round out the year, and I will be so happy for the much needed break after that.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that despite the weather predictions and despite my having contracted the plague, I am super excited for marathon weekend. My eldest son is hoping for a BQ, but with the new cutoff times it’s going to be close. Still, he will have an amazing race and hopefully will come in with a strong PR. My middle son’s girlfriend will be running her first marathon, so I am especially excited for her. And as a BibRave Pro, I have some great opportunities to connect with other runners before and after the race.
Over coffee I would tell you I did not get a lottery spot for the Tokyo Marathon. Surprise, surprise. I also would tell you I will never run a Boston qualifying time. Again I say, surprise, surprise. Last week I applied for a charity bib for Boston 2019. Obtaining one of those spots also is quite competitive, so we will see. But I applied for an organization whose mission is near and dear to my heart and much aligned with my life’s work. So even if I don’t get awarded a spot, I definitely will be donating funds to those who did.
And last, if we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m sad my beloved Cubbies have been eliminated from postseason play. But as we have become so accustomed to saying here in ChiTown…there’s always next year!
What would you share with me over coffee? What magical home remedies do you use to ward off colds and the flu? Who all is running or spectating at Chicago this year?