Texas Hill Country
Wimberley, Texas, United States
May 23, 2019
After Thanksgiving break, there were only two training weeks before the next race in the Austin Distance Challenge. The Decker Half Marathon is only 5 km longer than the previous race, but it’s the hilliest race in the series. That said, I had a great race in the Run for the Water 10-Miler, which is nearly the same distance and had almost as many hills. And I train in the Hill Country. How hard could it be?
I promptly got sick. It lasted two weeks.
I was never “don’t get out of bed” sick; I still went to work every day. I tried running once and got so dizzy I worried about passing out. Considering I run in the woods at night, that could mean no one would find me before hypothermia set in. I took a week off from running after that.
Luckily, despite burning 1,000 less calories on a daily basis, I lost the weight I’d put on during Thanksgiving break. Being sick does a number on you! At least I’d be slim and light before pushing myself up and over the hills around Decker Lake. But unless the respiratory infection went away first, I wouldn’t enjoy it.