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...