Thursday, May 13, 2010

taper randomness

T -2 days and (approximately) 18 hours until marathon #5! Here's the taper randomness happening bullet style...
  • taper crazy didn't set in until Tuesday. I was talking to my friend who had no idea I was running a marathon on Sunday and something clicked along the lines of "crap, I didn't realize how close the 16th and running a marathon really is!"
  • I don't know what it is about the week before a marathon but it's the week I finally get around to getting a haircut. My last one was right before Chicago in October (yes, I tend to go 5 to 6 months between haircuts) and I had a PR. Maybe it's good luck or something! Or maybe I finally get so annoyed with the mess I realize I'm not going to be able to take 26 miles of heavy hair on the top of my head.
  • I'm crazy anxious about this race. Even though I know the course, am going home to be with family and friends, and have done this before I can't help but think my training wasn't enough, my times were a lot slower this time around, I could have been better with my food choices, so on and so forth. My anxiety symptoms are coming through full force - insomnia, night terrors when I do fall asleep, nausea, stomach pain, etc. I'm doing everything I can to calm down!
  • I really hope I can get some sleep in the next couple days I think that will make all the difference.
  • 2 runs done so far this week. An easy 6 and a what pfitz calls a "dress rehearsal". It was 7 miles with 2 at race pace. My legs struggle to find my desired pace. They kept moving 20 seconds too fast!
  • I have 2 short runs left to do. Since Friday is a travel to Ohio day, I may skip one.
  • Today is my Friday at work. The day can't end soon enough...
  • Saturday is a big pasta dinner at my dad's house with family and friends running the race. I am so excited! I love running races with and supported by people I know and it happens so rarely.
There are a lot of us running this weekend. Since my taper brain isn't focusing on anything I can't imagine trying to link everyone up. Good luck to everyone - you know who you are! I'll be thinking of you while I'm out there on the course in Cleveland and looking forward to reading your reports as I recover from the couch.

***I forgot to mention I have bib #2498 this time around. There is live marathon finish times up on clevelandmarathon.com on Sunday if you're feeling the need to check on me ;) I'll also update FB right after I finish I'm sure!

13 comments:

Jeri said...

can't wait to see how you do!!!!! I'll definitely be looking on here to see your results....or maybe I'll be super sleuthy and figure it out from the marathon's results page. ;)

GOOD LUCK! Run fast. HAVE FUN!

kilax said...

Good luck! I hope you do get some rest! Race nightmares are the worst!

It will be a lot of fun to race with family there!

Marlene said...

RACE WEEK! Totally with you on the anxiety. Im not so much doubting my training as feeling all kinds of aches and pains and twinges. I hoped that by # 4 this crap wouldn't get to me so much. :P

Have a safe trip and a GREAT race this weekend!!!

Tara said...

Good luck this weekend Jamie! I'll be thinking about you!

Cute pic BTW. :)

MCM Mama said...

So good to hear I'm not the only crazy right now!

Good luck this weekend!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

i am so excited for you! I am all excited just READING about it. I can't wait to hear the results!

J said...

Good luck this weekend!! Hope you have a good race!!

Xenia said...

Good luck!!

X-Country2 said...

You're going to to GREAT! Good luck!

Mark said...

Best of luck Jamie!!! I can't wait to hear the report!

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aron said...

sheesh i am TOTALLY behind on blogs and missed telling you good luck!!!! hope it went well and cant wait to read the report :)

lifestudent said...

looking forward to the recap ;)