Hello. Remember me? I just love it when you are on a roll. Nothing can stop you, then something knocks you off that sweet high horse you’ve been riding. I had finished the WTF Half Marathon and was shopping for new races, admiring my bike and planning. Then I started to feel a little tickle in the back of my throat. No worries. Allergies are going to be bad this year I can already tell. Dragging a bit, then whoa…what just hit me?
Everyone who isn’t time traveling or living in a cave knows that the flu is hitting people hard this year. Especially children which is just terrible. Well, I came down with something. I believe it was a combination of allergies that I incurred after my last race and some sort of flu. It was strange because I didn’t have any fever but a full on bronchial smack down. I mean this thing laid me out and made breathing very difficult. I think I was on the couch watching TV for about three days. One of the many benefits I have experienced from running is I rarely get sick. So, when and if I do get it, I gets it good.
I had taken the bike out on 31 Jan for about 3 miles to test the wheels after I had changed the tubes myself. I’m happy to report that both wheels did stay on and no injuries were had. But after three days on the couch I was bored and decided to venture out on the bike again. I had a lot of energy, but was literally hacking on my return ride. Have you ever been behind the wheel driving and when you get to a destination you didn’t pay attention to anything on the way there, just sort of zoned out driving? That would explain how I felt riding. I was able to get in about six miles but the last three were a hacked out mind numbing experience.
I let myself recover a day, realizing that maybe I needed a little more time to heal those lungs. After another day, again needing to get out and oh I don’t know buy some food maybe, I decided to go to Costco. I hadn’t been in a while, but nothing says freedom like a pallet of toilet paper and a 100 lbs bag of cat food.
I have a love-hate relationship with Costco. One being the hyper-commercialism and oooh I need a year supply of Oral B electric toothbrush tips!!!! Squirrel!!! So there I was, deep in the bowels of the Costco, slightly hacking, and forgetting what was the reason I was there in the first place. I am a creature of habit sometimes and I like to start at one point in the store (TVs) and do the rounds. Knowing very well I don’t require a TV the size of a house I still stare at the quality and make note of the really good price. I digress. Oh yes, I remember I needed trash bags. I then start to proceed through the liquor section, uh huh, uh huh…liking that..good price…into the food section. Wow that’s a lot of cheese…hmmm…okay trash bags. In the food section every isle had a nice person offering samples. You can get juice, chips or chicken just to name a few. Now I’m going to tell you something very important. A few years back I took a food sanitation course. If you ever want to change your opinion of whether you want a free sample or about the restaurant industry in general, take a food sanitation class. You will think twice about taking the “free” sample or where you eat, I guarantee. Knowing this, I have been weak on certain occasions and have dabbled with the dangerous with food.
In order to get to the trash bags I had to go through the food section. My throat was starting to get itchy and I knew I needed to get what I came for and leave before I had a melt down. I’m almost to the bags and there on the end of one isle was this sweet little old woman. Taquito, she asks?
Definition: A taquito, tacos dorados, rolled taco, or flauta is a Mexican food dish that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then crisp-fried.
Now, there are certain moments your body is acting faster than the brain. This was one of those moments. Why you ask? Well it would be the last two words in the taquito definition – crisp-fried. Crispy anything and a very sensitive scratchy throat leads to uncontrollable coughing….in Costco. But there I was, popping that overly salted, fried, greasy radiated meat product into my mouth, smiling and knowing that in 10, 9, … 7…3, 2 …. I slowly listened to the nice lady as she said, “here’s a coupon honey, they’re in the freezer right around the corner” and as I turned the corner hoping to find solace with the frozen vegetables….1….the uncontrollable hacking began.
At first it was just a light inner cough, as my shoulders tried to quell the violent eruption that was about to take place in the frozen foods section of Costco. I tried to control it as the last bit of the taquito made its way slowly down my throat, scraping and leaving bits of preservatives in an already raw throat. My lungs said, oh no girlfriend, this is going to be a good one. Tears were starting to well up in my eyes as I turned to stare at the frozen broccoli thinking, I rather eat fresh then frozen. Now I’m starting to get loud. It’s embarrassing, but luckily in true Costco form, everyone is just ignoring me. I slowly make it down to the yogurt, hacking while trying to stand straight, and stop to see the Chobani yogurt selection. A gallon tub of Chobani, ya’ll. Yeah, it’s good but I’m just not feeling it today….hacking and trying not cause a scene I somehow end up in the vitamin section. It’s a good sign because I’m almost to the exit….oh damn what did I come here for…trash bags. Screw it!!
Even with all the hacking I was able to finish the month of January with 81.54 miles and my recap for this round was 29.41 to add to the spreadsheet! I can’t wait to breathe in my remaining 6175.23 miles. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and breathing easy. Happy Miles to You!!
This song is VERY appropriate!