First, the good news: I finally (after over two weeks!) slept through the night without waking up EVEN ONCE to hack and cough and all that nasty stuff. Hooray!! I guess the half marathon blew the carbon out of my lungs, or something.
Next: Today was the day I started getting Buttercup ready for her Date With Destiny on November 4th. Partly due to the good advice of multiple-IRONM4N Shelley, partly to get myself psyched, and partly to get Buttercup psyched, she got a new set of inner tubes, a new set of bright yellow Continental 4000 tires, AND a new Dura-Ace chain. Along with a good cleaning. She is feeling SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOOOOD now!!
And YES, I did it all myself. You shouldn't have to ask!!