One of the things I love most about running is that it provides time to think. My life’s gearshift is stuck in overdrive so often it isn’t until I hit the pavement that my brain finds the time to wander freely. I come up with my most creative writing ideas while running.
The downfall of this is that I never remember those ideas when I am back in front of my computer. I had come up with a clever angle for a blog entry and when I flipped open my laptop to put it into words, whooooooosh. It vanished. I think it was because I was distracted by my brand new computer screen and keyboard. It went under the knife last night to have the screen (and apparently the other internal casing from the look of it) replaced. It occurred to me that I had never ever cleaned the screen before – its so much easier to work on when you can see your screen.
Anyways, blog entry… gone.
The race is in 11 days.
11 days! Ahhhh!
Monday we had our San Fran marathon kick-off meeting to go over the logistics and the details of how this thing is going down. Annnnnnd now I am stressed.
Remembering what to bring, what to wear, what to eat, what to drink, what to carry, what not to bring, what not to wear, what not to eat, what not to carry… AHHHH!!!
Oh, and get this. It was suggested that we start packing now. NOW?! I haven’t even opened my suitcase from my last trip. Don’t they know that I don’t pack until its go time?? …like about to run out the door go time??
They did have some good points though… about, you know, not forgetting things. Since the coaches are always right, I am going to attempt to plan ahead and go to the store this weekend and stock up on the things I don’t have. That list, so far, consists of:
Jelly Belly Sport Beans… a LOT of them! (Yummmm)
Clif Shot Bloks… an alternative fuel option.
White long-sleeve baselayer… apparently SF is kinda chilly in the am.
Maaaaaaybe a pair of leggings… MAYBE!
Hair Tinsel Is that what you call it? My cousin is dying to put this sparkly tinsel in my hair. I banned her from doing it before my business trips and instead told her she could add TNT colors in before the race. Yay!
And that’s it. Everything else is good to go.
Things I absolutely CAN NOT forget…
my sneakers (duh!)
sports bra, running shorts and singlet
sunglasses… I can not run without them
iPod arm band… I am dying to click “half marathon” distance run on the Nike app
My feelings about this are all mixed up. I know I am capable of doing it. However, my last long run – 11 miles – was one of the hardest runs I’ve done. On top of being a trainee-slacker the last few weeks, my confidence is quivering slightly. Even more so because we are supposed to be tapering.
TAPERING! THAT WAS WHAT I WANTED TO DISCUSS IN THIS ENTRY.
Yeah, so apparently in marathon training you taper the last couple weeks, wean off the long miles and intense strength training to let the muscles regroup and all the aches and pains to heal themselves. I gotta say I didn’t really understand the point of tapering… I mean, I do, but why? Every week we worked ourselves up to a higher mileage, so why not continue to work up, hitting the 13.1 miles on race day? Right? Actually, I think we should work ourselves up to 15 so that way there would be no doubt about nailing the 13.1. ha! (So typical of me.)
So like I said, I didn’t understand. Well I did, but I didn’t fully understand the extent of the benefit. However, like I mentioned, I’ve been slacking on the training. I tried to run while on the road the last couple of weeks but between wine tasting and city tours and late-night dinners and wine tasting and shopping and wine tasting, it was hard to fit anything decent in. I got a good 30 minutes in one morning, pre-workday, in Barcelona and a decent 45-minute-ish the following night, but running strange cities where I can’t speak the language in the dark isn’t something I make a habit of. You know rapists in the bushes, killers in the alley ways and all that jazz. (They are everywhere; it’s a fact.)
These runs were not the long run I was supposed to do that weekend (6-8 miles). At the meeting on Monday Coach Barb said that it was time to taper… “you’re as ready as you’re gonna be.”
Good point Coach Barb: I am as ready as I can be.
Still, I knew I needed to push out one more good run – didn’t have to be super long, but just a hard training run. So I lugged my running stuff to the office and hit the west side highway after work (beats running my town in the dark). The last three days were empty of any physical activity other than walking up the stairs to go to bed and rolling over to hit the snooze, so I was afraid I wouldn’t get very far.
Well, surprise, surprise… I logged 6.75 miles like it was nothing.
The air is cool, there was a good breeze and dozens of people running. PERFECT conditions. I ran from my office to the west side and down almost to the WTC and back. LOVED IT! And my legs felt great. Three days of rest was helpful. I guess this tapering thing does kinda work. Go figure!
The run was just what I needed to boost my spirit to rock this thing. How could you not be inspired by this view?
NYC is an awesome place to run. When it comes time to hit up San Francisco, I will be referring back to all the inspiring views I ran past in NYC to get me over the hills of San Francisco. And to show our love for the city that prefers running to sleeping, we all are supposed to show up in I ❤ NY t-shirts at the marathon dinner.
NYC Chapter represent!!!