Audition in T-minus 15 hours.

Today's workout (I know, it's a miracle!):
Fire 45 EZ
451 calories/45:26

This morning was super productive - I got up early, got my headshots and resumes organized and ready, had a relatively healthy breakfast, practiced my song for tomorrow several times, and then got a workout in, all before we were set to head over to Epcot for lunch.  And by lunch I mean a French Regional Lunch, which, as I have mentioned before, is really just a painful amount of food and wine.  The workout went very well - I kept everything low impact because my ankles have been giving me a little bit of trouble and I didn't want to aggravate them too much.  But I still got a great sweat in and felt wonderful!

Unfortunately, that was the end of the feeling wonderful.  Over the course of the afternoon, I developed a very angry sore throat.  It started out as just a little ick, and is now just throbbing.  I've downed about 4 liters of water throughout the day, along with several cups of tea, and a big cup of soup at dinner.  No dice.  One thing that has made a little bit of a temporary dent in the soreness, though, is a new type of lozenge that I tried - Thayer's Slippery Elm Lozenges.  To quote the lovely Janae (who was awesome today and ran the NY Marathon like Speedy Gonzales), those lozenges are  Personally, I really dislike cough drops.  I can't stand the menthol ones and even the non-mentholated ones are only good for maybe a couple hours, and then I get so sick of the taste I give up completely.  But these slippery elm ones are delightful!  They're not as strong as something like Halls cough drops, but they have a very mild and sweet flavor... they actually remind me a little bit of oatmeal.  So if you're like me and can't stand cough drops, try these babies out next time you run into a sore throat.

Anyway, despite the slippery elm lovelies, I'm still struggling with my throat, and getting more and more nervous for my auditions.  I wish I could say that I'm surprised, but honestly, this kind of thing happens to me on a regular basis.  I am generally very healthy... until something important comes up that depends on my good health.  Then I fall to pieces.  Like two weeks ago when I was planning to start Insanity and I woke up feeling like someone had hit me with a truck.  I'm sure part of it is mental, but kids, it is annoying.

For much of this evening, I was struggling to keep my spirits up - I've put a lot of time and effort into these auditions and I was crushed when it occurred to me that something as stupid as a sore throat could prevent me from giving my absolute best performance.  There were some tears, I will admit.  But the audition is now officially a mere 15 hours away, and so I am trying instead to see this as an opportunity to do my absolute best despite the situation... to rise above and shine.  I have performed with a sore throat before, and I can do it tomorrow.  Or I can stop blogging and get some darn sleep and pray my little heart out that I wake up feeling better.

I like that one.  Let's try it!