Paul’s October Report: Flu-Tastic Update



[Ed. Note: This blog accomplishes four things. 1). It documents our crazy plan to our friends and family; 2). It documents our progress so we can look back and feel accomplished; 3). It let’s us make stupid jokes; 4). It tries to show that girl back in 6th grade that we’re cool and she should stop being so mean because we turned out really handsome. She’s the one with coodies and bad breath. So there. Anyways, this post is going to accomplish No. 2 (and hopefully No. 4). If you don’t like self-serving posts, you know the way to the door. No wait! Don’t leave. I get lonely.]

So sorry. It’s been way too long. It’s November 10th and I’m just getting around to my October update. When Mike has the last two posts, you know something is up. Well, my friends… something was up. During the final days of October, I fell victim to the dreaded H1N1 virus – most commonly referred to as the Swine Flu. That’s right — Wilbur’s RevengePorky’s Pandemic, Swine Fever.

PORKYOkay, I’ll be honest for a second. I’m not 100% sure it was actually the Swine Flu. I did have the flu and the majority of the flu cases in Virginia so far this year are of the H1N1 variety, but I didn’t feel it was necessary to actually wait around the 10 minutes it would take to find out for sure. By the time I went to the doctor, I was in the final stages of the flu anyway.

Right now, the Swine Flu’s “Q” rating is through the roof. If I’m gonna suffer, I might as well have the in vogue influenza (great name for an emo band, btw).

So yeah, between Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, I was in pretty bad shape — a fever of about 102, with chills, a cough, aches & pains, etc. I don’t handle being sick very well, never have — probably never will. Since this is a running blog, lemme get to the point: I didn’t run for eight days during the final week of October and into November. Since May 14th, the longest that I have ever gone without running was two days in a row. Needless to say, I was not pleased.

Let’s get to the vital stats:

October: 21 workouts, 19 hours, 15:38 minutes, 124.03 miles, 9:19/mile pace.

Now, as always, let’s compare…

May: 16 workouts, 8:01:24, 44.39 miles, 10:51 pace

June: 23 workouts, 13:01:29, 75.1 miles, 10:24 pace

July: 22 workouts, 12:49:47, 78.65 milles, 9:47 pace

August: 24 workouts, 13:52:02, 87.31 miles, 9:32 pace

September: 29 workouts, 22:46.12 , 147.miles, 9:17 pace

So yeah, for the first time since I started running, I took a step backwards. It’s not my fault, I swear. It’s those damnable pigs.

But that’s not all folks — the Swine Flu was only the beginning. This week, I suffered another major setback! Drama! Intrigue! Foam Cylinders! Tune in tomorrow to find out what happens next! I’ll give you a hint: It’s not very interesting.

One Response to “Paul’s October Report: Flu-Tastic Update”

  1. The Long Road to Recovery: Part 1 « The Running Jerks Says:

    […] but let’s just go back to the beginning just for fun. In late October, I came down with the Swine Flu. You remember the Swine Flu? It was all the rage back then, before blizzards and earthquakes and […]

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