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I never thought in my wildest dreams my training would ever be impacted by allergies. I thought I had a summer cold or hey fever and it felt as bad as when I had pneumonia a few years back. The impact it had on my life was shocking. It really through me for a loop.  I had to miss three days of work...yaaaay! The first sign was a sore throat and I was like wow two days before the 12K Summer roundup...ok body fight this off. So I'm loading up on vitamin C, spraying chloraseptic, every half hour, drinking hot tea, eating chicken soup, and drinking tons of water.

No sneezing or cough yet just the "Pre-cold" symptoms we all have experienced some time in our lives. My lovely wife felt so bad to see me suffering and she constantly ask if she can get me anything. I was then relieved from all of my honey do list task until she saw me back to my normal self.....whooohooo! So it's one day before the 12K Summer Roundup I'm saying to myself "Oh....noooooooooooow I know how Michael Jordan must have felt in game five (5) of the 1997 NBA finals when he had the flu or some type of food poisoning the night before".

My mindset was I have to do this race as it is part of the Triple Crown and my ticket to running the Pikes Peak Accent. I explained that to my wife but she did not say anything about it until a week later...her inside voice at that time was saying...."WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT RACE IF YOU FEEL SO BAD? 

I was determined, full of faith and was not going to let anything stop me from jogging\walking\\running the 12K. To my PikesPeakSport teammates Thank you for your awesome encouragement. To my wife and son.... you guys rock for taking such good care of me before I found out it was allergies and took NyQuil as much as I could for a week.

The race was everything I could image. It was so much fun!

Happy Running


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Comment by Kristy Milligan on July 31, 2013 at 7:21pm

You have the best attitude of almost any runner I know, Mel!

Comment by Megan Kunkel on July 24, 2013 at 6:30pm
You sure looked strong through the race! Way to endure! And next up, the best race of all!
Comment by Melvin Watson on July 23, 2013 at 10:38am

Thanks Tim! So you know how the summer allergies can kick your butt! I'm looking foward to the Accent! Again Thanks!

Comment by Tim Bergsten on July 23, 2013 at 7:14am

I've had allergies in the summer, Mel. It's a terrible feeling. Good job hanging in there! I predict that you're going to feel great and do great at Pikes Peak!

Comment by Melvin Watson on July 22, 2013 at 4:25pm

Thanks Dave.....you guys inspire me!

Comment by David Mulligan on July 22, 2013 at 7:41am

That stinks, but awesome job pushing through Mel.  Was glad to see your smiling face out there.  Always lifts me up!

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