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In particular, http://www.hphoustonmarathon.com/

Or, back off into February - Birmingham has a lot of buzz this year since they're hosting the men's Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday.

As I told you elsewhere, I DNFed my first marathon. (DNF = Did Not Finish or Did Nothing Fatal; DNS = Did Not Start or Did Nothing Stupid, depending on perspective.) I bounced and finished another three weeks later. Neither experience was terribly "fun," but finishing the second was a relief.


Yuck! Food poisoning! Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It is truly awful. I had it once while traveling to Detroit to see the Chicago Bulls play (back when Michael Jordan was playing). I made it to the game, barely. The worst part was being that sick away from my own bed and toilet. I'm glad you are starting to feel better.

I'm so sorry you didn't get to walk after all this preparation and training...what a let down. Hope you can find another marathon soon to make up for it!

Prof. Bainbridge

What a bummer. I had food poisoning while visint NYC a couple of years ago and was totally disabled. Missed a couple of business meetings and had to cancel a conference talk. Couldn't move for 36 hours. The only good news is that you do feel better ... eventually. So feel better soon! Steve

Scheherazade Jr

I just had food poisoning too and it was truly horrible. Sorry you didn't manage the marathon eventually - I was looking forward to reading about it!

Get better soon.


Oh, my. My heart goes out to you. Just glad you are okay and on the mend!

My heartbreak marathon training story was preping for LA in 2000. The run was in the first Sunday of March and in the last Saturday of January 2000, I got a tibial stress fracture and had to stop running for 6 months!

In March 2001, I did my first marathon in Los Angeles.

Carolyn Elefant

I missed a post-college trip to Europe when I came down with mono, then missed a cross-country trip when my then-fiance's dad died, so I know how disappointing it can be to miss out on something you've been planning for a long time. But there are many more opportunities and they often turn out to surpass the ones missed (this applies with equal to boyfriends also) Life is cyclical and things will turn around for you...and anyway, summer is not that far off.

Richard Ames

I guess my "Go Team Go" cheer of a few days ago had a different meaning for you. Since everyone's sharing their food poisoning experience, here is mine: About 6 years ago I went to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. I think it was the cheese whiz on the corn chips that did it, but I’ll never know for sure. About 8 hours later I ended up driving myself, weak and fever-confused, from my apartment at the time to the local E/R where they gave me some pills to help stop the madness, which in fact did stop, about 48 hours later. I spent two days in bed and ran track from the bathroom to the bedroom much of the time. I haven’t had cheese whiz since.

Glad your recovery is going swimmingly.

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