Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I'm sick, and not in a good way.

I ran three miles Tuesday morning, but that's it, I'm down for the count with a raging sore throat and a cold. You know the kind of sore throat where it hurts to swallow, or breathe? I'm holding my breath right this minute.

The last time this happened was on my birthday, in Miami, at a networking conference, in a luxury hotel, where I almost met Craig of Craig's list but I didn't, since I couldn't talk.

I've tried this FAIL-SAFE sore throat cure: Gargle with 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water every 1/2 hour. One more day, and then, that's it. I'm ripping my throat out.

Besides being hopped up on cayenne, I'm hopped up on antibiotics, on lozenges, on Benadryl. I'm drinking water and juice like it's going out of style, and have only gone to work for half days. I'm sleeping like it's my job. Except when I can't sleep because my throat hurts too much. I read an entire book yesterday, Baldacci's The Camel Club. (Rating: good for when you're sick.)

I did get to watch the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka. Did you know there's this crazy women's race called the Steeplechase that involves women running seven laps around a track, jumping hurdles AND water, just like horses? I got very ticked off when they cut away from that to show me the Men's hammer hurling championship. Now there's a sick sport.

The thing about taking time off when you're sick is that it's tough to enjoy. You should totally take sick days when you're not sick.


I have nine miles scheduled for Saturday. Just last Saturday I was very busy lecturing my little running group about how running once a week, which is what several of them told me they had done, was not gonna cut it.

Oh how I hate when my words come back to haunt me.

Meanwhile, I've been carefully studying this video for tips. Although I have a feeling that it's everyone else who needs to watch it.


Laurie said...

You're sick, you have a legitimate reason not to run. The more you rest now, the sooner you will be back out there plugging away!

Feel better soon!

Curly Su said...

ugh! so sorry! get better (and rest!)

LBTEPA said...

Get well soon darl!!!

21stCenturyMom said...

Bummer! I hope you feel better soon - very soon.

peter said...

Awright, who are the ones in your group only running once a week, hum? Names please! Say, do you suppose that announcer washed his hands afterwards?

Neese said...

DH is sick too, similiar symptoms, hope you both get well soon!!

a.maria said...

awww, SAD. i'm just now reading this.. hence not asking how you're feeling earlier today.


for a sore throat what helps me is drinking something HOT. i don't like hot-cocoa so i do hot apple cider. it ALWAYS helps.

not cure, but.. ease the pain.

anyway, hope you get to feeling better and SOON.

Rae said...

Summer colds are the worst! I hope you're feeling better soon!!

We saw the SAME part of the track competition while eating dinner the other night! Steeplechase looked like so much fun, except those steeples don't fall over like hurdles if you miss them!

Susan said...

Poor Jeanne! Get some rest.

Phoenix said...

I probably shouldn't be reading this blog. I don't want to get sick.

Sersly, though, I hope you feel better soon. Margarita Clif Blocs? I have some with your name on it.

Laufenweg said...

you poor puppy!!!! :0( get better fast!

would you believe my daughter and i have the EXACT same thing???? ugh. headache too.

my favorite gargle: warm water, salt & fresh lime juice.

David H. said...

being sick is the worst. I once got up on a race day and had a temperature of 101 ... and no, I didn't run.

WannaBe5Ker said...

Aaaaa, feel better. I ate raw garlic once, I don't recommend that. I DO recommend hot applecider with some apple cider vinegar and honey in it, yum and you can just feel it working in your throat:-)

Feel better, rest up, don't worry about the 9 miler, you have to get better!

Old said...

Feel better!

Mark I. said...

Are you still sick? I hope not. :( Get better!

Just12Finish said...

I hope you're better by now Jeanne.

IHateToast said...

did it work? caliente!

Dori said...

That video is hilarious! I wish they'd run it continually at the Starbucks I frequent. I also wish people still carried hankies.

Do they have one to show Orchestra-goers to cough into their handkerchief to muffle the sound? ;-)