Fever. Aches. Chills. Cough. I feel like I ran a marathon and then celebrated by drawing and quartering myself. I’ve been run over by the flu truck. Maybe those two long runs this past weekend were a tad foolish?


A run is never foolish. Especially Saturday’s run which was for #megsmiles. The run for Meg Menzies was a smart run. That run was beautifully contemplative. And an honor to have run. I can’t seem to get her out of my mind. Sunday’s long run? Ahhhhh. That one. That’s the one that might have been dumb.

I didn’t feel 100% and I knew it. Instead I had the “Oh YES I am running in the great outdoors in the day light because I’ve been tethered to a treadmill all goddamn week” so SHALLOW BREATHING BE DAMNED. I was quickly reminded what a tool I was when my doctor essentially rolled up a newspaper and swatted me on the nose like an errant puppy during yesterday’s visit.

Doc: So. You have a 101 fever. And the lower right lobe of you lung is filled with glop. You have the flu. And bronchitis. I don’t want that to turn into pneumonia. When did you start feeling poorly?

Me: Ummmmmmm hang on lemme think {cough, cough, cough}….

Doc: {Interrupts and yells over the cacophony} Let me ask you this. When was the last time you ran Missy?!!!

Me: {Glazed eyes flicker, momentarily perks up} Oh! I ran 8 yesterday. Chilly, but not a bad run. Not bad at all. I forgot my Garmin. I headed out on a path I haven’t run in a……

Doc: {Eyes roll so hard I hear them. Hands up in protest.} STOP.

Bad Colby.
I am an awful patient.

So now? I’m grounded. Home. Laying on the couch waiting for Polar Vortex Number 2, something called Bombogenesis (which for all I know is a new release from the Gypsy Kings), 10 inches of snow and the End of All Things Out of Doors Forever And Ever Amen. I suppose it’s a good time to be flu-ed in. My sneaks look sad sitting there. Their laces flopped over, pooling like tears around their mud caked soles.

Even they look sick.



21 thoughts on “Grounded.

  1. I’m so sorry you’re sick – I’m in the same boat! My second long run on Saturday felt… Difficult, but of course I kept on going! Now I can barely move! Hope you start feeling better soon!

    • I feel your pain Laura. It’s tough to LISTEN to your body when you’re so used to carrying on and running despite discomfort. Foolish, really. Plenty of fluids Lady!

      -Your Foolish Blogger, Colby

  2. Rest up, Poodle. My general rule is that I won’t run if I have a fever; otherwise I go for it. It’s a pretty bad rule, since there are lots of times when you shouldn’t run even if you don’t (yet) have a fever. You may recall coming to my house one time for a girls’ sleepover when I had a bad bout of bronchitis. Since my doctor didn’t tell me not to run or have 5 buddies over to split a zillion bottles of wine, I did both. Didn’t work out so well for me, but we sure did have fun. 😉
    I’m a terrible patient, too. Feel better soon so we can go play in the snow.

    • My deal is I usually run. Period. However, with a diagnosis I tend to be more obedient. Besides. I couldn’t run to the mailbox right now without dropping a lung. So. Dexter marathon it is. {sigh.}

      • You couldn’t run today without your snowshoes anyway. You’re not missing anything. I’m heading down to my basement to run on a treadmill. Blech. you picked a perfect time to be grounded. Had you not been sick, you probably would still not have been able to run AND you would be stuck in a blizzard trying to get home from work. Enjoy Dexter. Rest now so you can enjoy better running weather later.

  3. Ugh- feel better! Even though I get annoyed when people tell me this, it is a good time to be sick! When it’s stormy and cold out, I feel like lying around in PJs anyway!
    Stay out of your sneakers for a while 🙂

    • This flu is a BEAST. Knocked me on my proverbial ass. Forced rest is a good thing every once in a while. It was a matter of time before the Health Wheels fell off my bus! I had a good healthy run. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder! I need it!!!!

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