Well, it's as I feared: I have a sinus infection, which explains the overall sluggishness and breathing problems I've been having. The good news is that now I'm on antibiotics for the next 10 days, so if the infection clears up, I should be able to start training outside again towards the latter part of next week. In the meantime I'll just increase the resistance on the elliptical and keep plugging away indoors since that's better than doing absolutely nothing. I also got a prescription for loratadine to help combat the seasonal allergies that exacerbate all of this.
Of course, I've had to come to the realization that there's just no way I will be able to run the 7.4 mile course without stopping and walking bits of it ... just haven't been able to do the quality training to get me conditioned enough to make that happen. Oh well. It'll still be a challenge to do the run at all, even if I end up strolling across the finish line. My partner suggested I fill my Platypus Hydration System with beer and slurp on that through the whole course. LOL
But hey, I'm serious about the pub crawl afterwards! After the race, I'll probably want to shower (because I am a profuse sweater) but maybe I can do that downtown where I work out. We can aim for a noontime kickoff for the drinkoff. Email if interested.