It’s kind of a kick in the pants, really. All of a sudden you have all of this time – and can’t spend it doing any of the myriad things you’ve been denying yourself in the name of the marathon.
Bike ride? Nope, don’t want a sore ass for the next week!
Yoga class? Eh, better not…don’t want to risk a staph infection!
Sleep in on a Sunday morning and watch football all day while consuming heroic amounts of beer? Sadly, no. The “alcohol as carbs” argument only goes so far.
Oh, the things I will do with my time, a week from today. I’m excited to have time for hobbies other than running!
In the meantime, I was reviewing my slate of weekend activities in Chicago, and it’s gonna be a whirlwind! I have so many friends from so many different places and parts of my life colliding next weekend.
And then there’s the actual race.
But I’m trying not to think too much about that. Because it’s an annoying reminder that I CAN’T GO OUT AND RUN. Stupid taper.
Thankfully, I do have some other entertaining activities planned for the week. Tonight, I’m going to see The National with some friends! Woo-hoo!
Today’s EAT: This is a pretty random statement, but I’ve forgotten how much I like ham. I haven’t had a ham sandwich in probably over a year. Today for lunch, I had a simple sandwich with mustard and cheese and lots of thinly sliced ham. No photo (because it would have been a boring photo anyway) but isn’t it weird how you sometimes forget about foods that you really like?
Today’s DRINK: Sipping on a Magic Hat #9 here, killing time before meeting my group for pre-show drinks and foodthings. I’m gonna really try to limit myself to one or two beers tonight. I’m a firm believer in not depriving myself of things that I love before a race (I just don’t think it really has any effect), but I do think it’s wise to keep an eye on empty calories during a taper for a long race. (And beer calories are sadly as empty as they come. Oh, how I wish it were otherwise.)
Today’s RUN: Rest day. BO-RING.
Last week, I ran 36 miles, which was spot-on my goal. This week, my goal is to log around 15 going in to the race. That’s an average of under 4 miles per outing, assuming I take two rest days. That feels ridiculously short, but oh well.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s the best live performance you’ve been to? I’m not, like, an over-the-top fan of hers, but I saw Norah Jones open a show like two months before she hit it big. We were all just standing around talking and then someone noticed, “Who’s that chick playing the piano? She’s really good.” Um….yeah.