I ran last years race 5 weeks after breaking a rib in a motorcycle crash...really, I have the x-ray to prove it. This year I was looking forward to running the race in better health. Unfortunately I got hit with a cold the Friday before the race and spent most of Saturday in bed. I decided that I wasn't going to let a cold get in the way of my race. After all, did Denna Drossin let a little thing like getting stung in the back of the throat by a bee just after the start of the race keep her from competing in the world cross country championships in 1992. No, she keep running, passed out, fell down, woke up, and kept running. Managing a 12 place finish. There is no reason that we average runners can't do the same thing, it's part of the challenge, part of the fun! When something unexpected knocks you down, get back up and keep going... you might just surprise yourself. The race went fine and the cold didn't feel like it slowed me down too much. The only time I really felt adversly effected was on the hills, deep breathing and a cold just didn't agree with each other. After the race I was pretty wiped and ended up taking a 3 hour nap when I got home. I did manage to take about 3 1/2 minutes off of my previous years time, take 2nd place in the master clydsdale class, and most importantly I felt like I stayed on track for LA in March.