These challenges for the marathon just keep coming.
I've been worried about the weather of course but I think I've come to grips with that. I heard a weather report on Monday that said if we get rain, it will be light and not the storm that pelted us a couple of weeks ago. Light rain, off and on, I can deal with. A steady downpour is a different thing, but that's not what we're going to get apparently. And even if it does rain a ton, I'll deal with it.
But now there's something else threatening to derail my hopes. The girls have been sick. In fact, Kennedy's sick today and is not going to school. About the only good thing about that is that I don't have to do my soccer game now, which means less wear on my legs and more rest for my legs and my mind. But Kennedy had a fever of 102.7 last night at one point. She woke up with 101, so no school. I don't have a surgical mask but I would wear one if I could. I've been wearing a handkerchief around my mouth a bit, but that only serves to make my face really warm so it's not working.
I actually think I caught a little bit of it, but that may be my head playing tricks on me instead. I've had no fever but I felt a headache and some coughing, and the faintest twinge of a sore throat. But that might be some sort of phantom illness my mind is using to play tricks on me.
Which reminds me... I heard of some sort of sympathy illness soon-to-be-fathers feel when their wives/spouse/girlfriend/whatever is pregnant. I got sick once, early in Mrs. LB's first pregnancy, like really sick. A fever, coughing... and it came from out of nowhere. One night, I'm fine and the next morning I'm burning up. And then it was gone, by the middle of the day. I don't know if it's an old wives tale or what, but whatever it was, it got me.
So, aside from any potential psychosematic illness I might face, I am feeling a bit sluggish. I think it comes from the lack of running. I was, after all, running quite a few times during the week all month, until last week. This week I'm limiting myself to one run, maybe two, but they will both be short.
And as far as the weather... latest forecast for HB is:
AccuWeather: Race Day, Partly sunny and cool, high of 62, low of 50
The Weather Channel: Race Day, Few showers, high of 63, low of 44.