Sunday, November 30, 2008

Random Sunday thoughts

I just want the marathon to be over! The past few nights I've had trouble falling asleep with worries about the race. For example, where will my family be? Should I just tell them not to come at all, as it's such a pain in the neck to spectate? What should I wear? What if I don't have enough gels? What if I don't come in under 4 hours? Do I even care? It's my first marathon -- I shouldn't care! But I do!!! And on and on and on.

Today I ran 7 miles and it felt fantastic. I ran the first 4 at a 7:57 pace, which is speedy for me. As the marathon is one week from today, I chose to slow down, and ran the last 3 miles at a 9:00 pace. After doing P90X yesterday (Shoulders and Arms, and then Ab Ripper X) and today (Chest and Back) my whole body is feeling nicely fatigued.

So the plan for this week is to run 2 or 3 times, maybe one 4 miler and two 3 milers. (Boys can leave the room now, ok?) So I'm about to start my period, and I really want it to come soon, as dealing with THAT during the marathon is just not my idea of fun. (Hope that wasn't TMI. The boys can come back now.)

We're hosting Christmas at our house, so I've been doing a little shopping to spruce things up. Got two pictures for the dining room at Z Gallerie, and now it looks like a grown-up room. Also got a red polka dot table runner from Pottery Barn, and I've been moving decorative things around in the kitchen. Now I have to decide what to serve for Christmas. I really don't want to serve meat, but I'll be feeding a house full of non-veg people, and I think it would be unkind to do all veg for such a traditional meal. I'll keep you posted on this one.

Final note here. There's a recipe in "eat, drink, and be vegan" that I've been making for about a month now. Every time I make it, it's gone in minutes and I'm not the only one who likes it. The cookbook calls it Goddess Garbanzos. Basically what you do is take a can of garbanzo beans, rinse and drain them, then chop them in a food processor till they're crumbly. Then you treat them like they're tuna fish, and add anything you would normally add to tuna. I've been adding vegan mayo, some Annie's Goddess Dressing (hence the name), some chopped celery and red onion and apple, a little lemon juice, and that's it. We eat it with crackers or just by the spoonful, and it's really really good and really really good for you (as long as you use a light-ish hand on the mayo or dressing).

You can expect a LOT of writing in this pre-marathon week. It'll be interesting to see how it all goes...


Irene said...

You'll be just fine, but I do the same thing and get quite anxious before a big race. You WILL be fine.

Thanks for the tip on the garbanzo beans. I've heard of doing that before but it didn't click until you mentioned it again, and especially since I need less meat and more vegetables.

It's fun to spruce up the house for the Holidays! I have some sprucing up to do as well!

AKA Alice said...

There's no such thing about writing or thinking too much about a marathon before running least not in my fret away. (It'll all be fine btw).

I ran the RnR w/Flo...not fun, but not too bad either. I had my husband hand me "supplies" at about Mile 16 and I had to make a 1 stop to deal with it...but I felt much faster afterward (hee hee).

Even though it was sorta a pain to figure out, I'm so glad my family was on the route. It gave me a boost every time I saw someone I knew.

Jo Lynn said...

I wonder if you are having trouble sleeping, also because you're not running as much. I know I can relax much easier at night when I'm running consistantly. I never sleep well the night before a race anmyway. But a whole week before? Oh, and maybe it's PMS. I never sleep well when I'm PMS-ing.

Jennifer said...

You will do fine. We know it and you know it. Now believe it. All the stuff about where will the fam be, what to wear, etc... Talk to your family about whether they want to be there. Do they want to be on the course or at the finish or both..or neither? Okay, now that's dealt with. What's the most comfortable thing that you feel you look presentable in that you run in? Okay, wear that. Just take each problem and deal with it. Then visualize yourself steaming through the last 10 miles and crossing the finish. FEEL what it will feel like. Now, go to sleep and rest. You're gonna run a marathon soon!
BTW, I'm thoroughly impressed that your miles are that fast.

Marcy said...

I remember feeling the same way. Just wanting the darn thing over with already.

You're going to do FINE ;D

Anne said...

The sleeplessness is normal leading up to the marathon. And I've done several on my period (back when I had periods, anyway). If you discover you need a quick change, they should have feminine products at the medical tents along the way and portapotties next door.

*aron* said...

you are going to do AWESOME!!! 6 days to go! i am getting nervous :)