Well, I did not get to run in my half marathon on Sunday.  Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Chris and I were having my three friends who were running with me and their spouses/boyfriend over for a very big dinner on Saturday night (because, really, the best thing about running long distances is having zero guilt about eating a lot).  Saturday morning I felt fine, Saturday afternoon?  Not so much.  I had to cancel dinner, which made me mad because I had already purchased all of the supplies for dinner AND started preparing the food.  Later in the day it was becoming clear that I probably wouldn’t be able to run, either.  I texted my three friends and let them know and then cried and cried and cried and cried.  I was (and still am) so frustrated to be missing out on this race because not only was it a goal to complete another half marathon before Kate’s first birthday, I also felt really good about this race.  My friends and I had trained really well, my times were faster than they’ve ever been and mentally I just felt so ready to tackle the race.  So, Sunday morning rolled around and instead of riding over to the race with my buddies, I requested for Chris to take me to the doctor because I felt absolutely horrible.  My mom came over to watch Kate, Chris and I headed out to the doctor, and we came back about forty five minutes later with the lovely diagnosis of H1N1 influenza.  Sounds scary, but thankfully I’m already feeling much better.  Still though, stupid Swine Flu ruined my race!!!!!!

I had envisioned posting these pictures with me actually in them, but this one will have to do.  Here we have Chelsea, Alyssia and Candice – three of my best friends who have been so great to train with these last four months.  Hopefully I’ll get to post race pictures with me in them at some point…


5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Mom said,

    Stinkin’ flu!
    When’s the next race?

  2. 2

    Kathy said,

    I know it’s not what you want to hear, but there will be other races but only one Erica and at least you are getting better! Sorry for the disappointment – maybe before Kate turns 18 months!

    Love you!

  3. 3

    Heather said,

    Erica!! I was praying for you on Sunday — thinking you were running — but I guess God heard my prayers and translated them! So sorry you got sick, but so happy you are getting better! How are Chris and Kate feeling now? We will be praying protection for your whole family!

  4. 4

    Ashley said,

    Hope you are starting to feel better. I’ve had quite a few sick first graders the past week…no one with “the flu” though. Praying for you and sending love your way!!

  5. 5

    Alyssia Gray said,

    We so missed you, but you definitely needed to sit this one out. We will run together again, I promise. I am glad you are feeling better. Love you and hope to see you soon.

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