Category Archives: Illness

Not ready for that running distance? Move down a race

The FAQ section on the races website explains how to switch races.

[Note: This post originally appeared on, where I was a guest-blogger.]

I have never considered moving down a race level. Ever. But I must be growing as an athlete, because I recently did just that.

To be clear: It was not easy. Continue reading

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Austin half marathon race report: A sore throat, hills and a hot banana

Mmm. Nothing like waking up with a sore throat on race day, having to gargle salt water.

Running a half marathon is hard. And I’m sure putting the race on is even harder.

But is it so much to ask that a finisher doesn’t have to take a hot banana? Continue reading


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Is being a sick runner worse than being a hurt one? How to come back.

Wear your favorite race shirt, sip your green tip and rest when you're sick (like I did in early Dec. 2010).

Being hurt and not being able to run is painful. But being sick is worse.

Or, at least it feels that way. Continue reading

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