RANdom Thoughts About the Flu, a #TeamDannyDid Airheads Fundraiser and Three Weeks Until Chicago

Over a week ago, I came down with Influenza B. Although I finished my Tamiflu prescription days ago and it’s been ten days since I first came down with the illness, I’m still not functioning at 100%. My doctor said it could take at least two weeks to fully recover from the flu and it looks like it may take that long. I feel tired all the time and I can’t shake this cough. Plus, the Tamiflu totally destroyed my digestive tract and it ain’t pretty. I have no appetite and when I do eat, food goes right through me. Bleh.

The very last time I ran was on 9/11. I even wore red, white and blue to honor the day.

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Prior to the run, I felt tightness in my chest, but I thought it was my allergies and I decided to ignore the wheezing and go for a run because I was so excited to run in a new-to-me running location, Crystal Beach. Little did I know Crystal Beach had hills! Who knew?!

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I explored the private roads to find a path that led me to the Pinellas Trail.

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The trail offered limited shade and I began to heat up fast. Thankfully, I had my Nathan hand-held water bottle, but still couldn’t cool down. Between the coughing and the heat, I had to walk quite a bit. Once I reached the Palm Harbor trailhead, I turned around.

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When I made it back to our Crystal Beach vacation home, I collapsed and contaminated 16 of my closest mommy friends and my sister. Saturday, I went home and I spent the next 10 days in bed.

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This Saturday, my daughters and I are supposed to the run the Thin Mint Sprint, but I’m not sure how much running I will be doing. Hopefully, I will have enough energy to finish a 5K. I suppose I will have to let go of my dreams of finishing in the top 50 to score some Thin Mints. Stupid flu!

That stupid flu really put a damper in my marathon training! The furthest distance I have managed thus far has only been 18 miles. I know I can run 26.2 because I’ve done it before, but I wanted to do well at Chicago. Right now, I’m just hoping to finish under 5 hours without coughing or collapsing.

My friend, Nanci, has planned a 17 mile group run on Sunday, October 5th and depending on how I feel, I may shoot for 20 miles just to have that mileage under my fuel belt before Chicago.

As for the fundraising portion of the Chicago Marathon, I’m hosting a #TeamDannyDid Airheads FUNdraiser on Monday, September 29 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. There will be raffles and lots of fun so come join me and my kids as we jump for epilepsy with a fitness-friendly way to raise money for charity.

If you want to join me to jump for epilepsy, RSVP via Facebook here.

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If you can’t join me next Monday, please consider making a donation to my fundraising page here.TeamDannyDid Runsfor Meghan RANdom Thoughts About the Flu, a #TeamDannyDid Airheads Fundraiser and Three Weeks Until Chicago