The road to recovery is proving to be a long one.
I really thought I was going to sleep like a champion last night and wake up feeling fully rested and ready to rock this day. That wasn’t the case. I don’t feel terrible — still no more throwing up and my fever has stayed down for 48 hours now — but I’m weak, achy and holy crap exhausted. I basically just feel run down, and my stomach isn’t completely happy just yet. I ate some food yesterday, and drank until I felt totally bloated, but I still only peed three times all day.
You’re welcome for that not-too-personal tidbit of information. You may go on with your day now.
I really can’t believe this sickness has knocked me out for so long, but I keep thinking it was possibly a blessing in disguise. A gross, inconvenient, puke-filled disguise. It’s taking me longer to get over this gastroenteritis (that’s so much to type, couldn’t they have just named this disease “sexy?”) than it took me to recover from running a marathon. But really, when do I ever take time to fully recover from anything? Too much go, go, go, and maybe I need more sloooow.
I kind of only said that because it rhymes.
But truthfully, taking all this time to rest and lay around and do nothing has probably been good for me. And for that I am thankful.
And I’m thankful for so much more! Let’s play the game I like to call Thankful Things Thursday!
I’m thankful to have made my return to the office, if only for a few hours.
Yesterday I stuck around the office until 2 PM. I felt shot by about 11, but I wanted to get as much done as possible. Today I’m planning to stay as long as I can without falling asleep at my desk. It was nice being around people yesterday and having some human interaction. As much as I love my friends at home — Seth Cohen, Dylan McKay and Chandler Bing — I don’t think I’m cut out to work from home all the time.
I’m thankful that when I got to the office yesterday, there was an awesome package waiting for me.
Thank you, Mom, for loving me and understanding the basic human need to have chocolate and peanut butter on hand at all times. Tagalongs have always been my favorite Girl Scout Cookie variety, though I’m a sucker for frozen Thin Mints, too. Why no Thin Mints, Mom? Also, Brian gets his own box? Really? That seems excessive. I would have given him a bite of one cookie. I’m so good at sharing. I really wish that I had an appetite right now so I could have eaten both boxes myself yesterday, but sadly food is still not fun for me.
I’m thankful for this Lana Del Rey song, which I have already listened to about 12 times in the past two hours.
I really don’t want to overplay this one so much that I’m sick of it within the week — which is pretty much what I do with every song I love ever — but it’s so good. Normally I’m all about the boom-boom-techno-as-loud-as-possible, and I’m sure my eardrums hate me most days, but for some reason when I’m sick, I can’t handle loud stuff. This song is perfect. It makes me want to go to SoulCycle.
I’m thankful for the new Ingrid Michaelson album, which is also in heavy playlist rotation right now. I probably shouldn’t have accepted those new iTunes agreements last night, because I keep buying stuff. See what happens when I work from home? I spend money.
I’m thankful I had a great running week two weeks ago. I’m currently supposed to be having a peak week of Eugene Marathon training, and instead there’s a big “zero” where my high mileage numbers should be. So luckily I can still channel my 18-mile runner’s high from what seems like a month ago.
Yesterday was actually the first time since I got sick that I actually wanted to run. I was so miserable in the first few days that running wasn’t even on my mind. But last night, when everyone was all Twitter-excited about the “OMG 60-degree weather,” that I, too, wanted to put on my Brooks and run. I definitely wasn’t up for it, but Coach Cane says I can run for 20–30 minutes today (no pace or distance plans or worries) to see how I feel. I didn’t have the energy for it this morning, but I’m hoping that by this evening I’ll be able to go for a little stroll.
I really do miss starting my day with a good run, and truthfully I’m a bit concerned about this setback in training. My hope is that by the time I’m really back in the game, I’ll be so motivated and excited and “YAY LOOK AT ME I’M RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!” that I’ll be magically fast, and it’ll be like this flu thing never happened. I’m sure that’s likely.
I’m thankful my laundry basket is mostly empty. With the exception of all the sheets and pajamas I sweat through while my fever was rapidly breaking, I hardly have any laundry that needs washing! See? That’s the upside of not working out. Your clothes stay clean. There’s always a positive to be found, my friends. Always.
I’m thankful for all of your votes! I mentioned the other day that I’m nominated in the “Best Inspirational Blog” category in the first-ever FITNESS Blog Awards, and it really is touching that so many people have taken the time to enter email addresses and register and vote.
I know it’s only a 20-second task, but it means a lot to me, and for that I’m grateful. Voting is open through the entire month of March, so you can still vote if you’d like. The category is packed with some pretty cool people.
I’m thankful I’ll be back to blogging about running soon. Sorry I’ve been Ali On The Mend lately. I can’t wait to get back to sweating up a storm and telling you all about it.
I’m thankful for Google Reader. I used to just bookmark every single page I liked or blog I read, and then I’d scroll through the bookmarks every morning. Google Reader has made my life so much more simple and organized.
I’m not thankful I decided to wear a dress with a tight waistband today. What was I thinking? Yesterday’s yoga pants ensemble was a far wiser choice. You’ll learn someday, Ali.
YOUR TURN: What are you thankful for today? Your health? The fact that you got to run today? Oreos? Girl Scout Cookies?