Whatever has hit my kids over the past week seems to have spread to me. My wife had to return from work last Thursday and my plans to run all day Friday as my last long training run for H.U.R.T. 100 were cancelled by my son being too sick to go to preschool two days straight. (I made the most of my forced running abstinence by finishing overdue blog reports all day.) My younger son has had a "tummy ache" off and on for days, puking all over the seat at a lower-end sushi buffet 2 days ago, though he was able to keep two ice cream cones down right after while mortified mommy waited at the front with his brother.
Anyone who knows me know I eat a lot, constantly grazing, but today, I haven't had anything and the thought of food makes me want to throw up, on top of my constant nausea. Last night I slept poorly due to uncontrollable acid reflux, along with shaking chills that started while finishing a call center shift that ended at midnight last night-- utter hell. No energy. I can't imagine even running 3 miles right now, much less 100 of brutally technical terrain in tropical heat for which I am completely unacclimatized.
I DID make it through my shift today however. I would have called in sick, but that would mean an extra weekend shift in March, part of a new sick policy among our group that usually works in my favor (since historically, I get called in to cover much more often than I call in sick myself).
Can I recover in the next 40 hours enough to toe the line? Or if I start, will I be recovered enough from this illness and resulting involuntary fasting (depleting my glycogen and already meager fat stores) to finish?
How I'm putting my chances right now:
chance of starting: 50%
chance of finishing if I make it to the start: 50%
chance of finishing under 30 hours if I finish: 50% (my original goal time was around 25 hours)
live webcast -- if I'm in it, I'm number 135 (but you can just type in "Tanaka")
I remain hopeful, but won't delude myself. Writing this short blurb has wiped me out, and still gotta finish packing....