4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Business Trip – perfect timing

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I’ve been very healthy this year.  Haven’t had so much as a cold since the winter.  So, of course, I’m paranoid that I’ll get some kind of sickness right before the New York City Marathon to mess up my plans to finish in 4:30.  If I don’t get sick, maybe I’ll throw my back out at the gym, or maybe the power will go out Saturday night and I’ll miss the bus to the start.  Or maybe I’ll forget to bring my running shoes to the race, etc.  I know that I’m a worrysome type of person, but I just can’t help it. 

Anyway, back to the point of this post.  I don’t travel on business often, just once or twice per year.  It turns out that I will be going on a trip next week, right before the marathon.  I’m going to Ann Arbor, Michigan, which by the way, I’m sure will be a lovely place to get in a nice leisurely training run.  However, now I’m doubly paranoid of getting sick on the plane, etc.  Guess I’ll need to load up on vitamins and such.  I can remember twice in the last few years getting sick after passing germs with random people on airplanes.  I’ll be getting back late Thursday night, so Friday will be a crazy day – running around (1) to make up lost work time, (2) going to the expo to get my race number and (3) going trick-or-treating with my kids, if I come back sick, there will not be a lot of time to get better before Sunday! 

Any advice?


Written by SCL

October 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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  1. I travel very frequently for work, so I think I can answer this 🙂 Don’t eat on a plane if you can avoid it – the germs might settle on your food. Ann Arbor isn’t a long trip so you should be fine. Whatever you do, don’t get water when flight attendants offer you a drink – sometimes they don’t have “real” bottled water but actually refill the old bottles with not-so-clean water – really really gross. Be very conscious of your hands – don’t touch your face or head at all. While I’m not a big fan of Purell or the other no-water hand cleaners, this might be a situation that warrants it. Otherwise, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you get off the plane.

    I think you’ll be okay though – don’t stress too much! 🙂


    October 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm

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