I'm all set for the official start-up to the half-marathon and I've got a couple of things working against me this morning, as if I didn't already have enough challenges.
* I woke up sneezing and although I don't have a full-on cold, I think I can sneeze my towards one. Not that I want to but I fear that could be in my near future.
* It's cold and windy. Okay, cold is relative term I know. I realize that in some parts of the country the weather is on the wrong side of zero. However, we've had a mild winter mixed in with some days that have dipped back to normal levels, at least levels we're used to in January around here (again, not too cold comparatively). But when the weather changes I get sick. Every year, when the weather goes from cold to warm and warm to cold, I get sick. It hasn't happened yet since fall and winter were quite mild so I hope that the dip in temperatures hasn't finally messed up my equilibrium.
* I got kicked yesterday. My wife playfully kicked me yesterday - I think it was playful - and now I've got a knock on my calf. It doesn't hurt but I can feel something down there, and I'm really hoping it doesn't swell up or flare up during the run.
I will go on a run, though. I don't have any jitters or anything - that will be for the 10-mile run on Feb. 14. But I guess nothing can go off without some sort of initial start-up problems. The good thing is though, with this training program I have to stay on. And not that I would have necessarily skipped today's run had I not had a training program, it certainly would have been easier to do so.