I am dead man walking. Seriously, I am so tired I almost can't focus on the screen. Perfect night to allow three nine year olds to spend the night because I won't hear them at all!!!
Today's news report:
8 miles this morning @ 7:57. Six miles slower and two fast. OMG-the first four miles felt like hell. I almost had to reach behind me to pull each leg forward. I'm attributing this to the late night bike and then 5 a.m. run. Anyway, it sucked and I'm glad it's done. I had a good time with super fast Jess last night. She truly is an AMAZING athlete and seemed to be putting forth no effort pedaling away at probably twice my speed. I am just getting to know her and I love meeting new people. I'm thinking we probably won't be training together anytime soon, though. She has a 2 year old, 1 year old, and is pregnant now. Apparently, her husband is quite religious (not a bad thing) and doesn't believe in the wonderful invention of birth control. It appears she has no intention of being "unpregnant" for an extended period of time in the near future. Since I have no intention of being "pregnant" AKA "suicidal" anytime soon or ever again, I'm not sure we will be running in the same circles. I will take any tips she throws my way however since she obviously knows what she's talking about.
Since this is supposed to be a running blog, I'm going to use it to gather some advice from all you running gurus! Here are the random floating thoughts I need answers for!
*should I be training continually with energy gels and sports drinks or does it help to teach my body to work in a more depleted state? I really hate both of these but I know they do enhance my performance if they cooperate with my stomach. I haven't taken any gels or drank anything other than water in the last 7 weeks. Perhaps, I should be building up a tolerance to them again?
*I need a good treadmill hill workout. Any ideas? I live in super flat land but all summer I did at least half of my running through ATV trails that had road approaches every half mile. These approaches were short but steep and sandy and required some effort. I realized they must have helped since my sister came over to run one day and said it about killed her. I also did a lot of traveling and ran multiple miles on hilly terrain. I can't run the trails through the winter as they are not groomed and the safe roads to run don't have much of an elevation variation. Last I heard Boston wasn't a flat marathon and I need to get some quality hill work in. By March I should have a few more outdoor options.
*How is my husband going to spectate the race in Boston? Can you rent a bike? I don't think we'll get a car as we're staying in the Hilton by the Expo. Also, can he hand me water etc. during the race or is this taboo?
*Should I or can I wear my Ipod. I don't think I NEED it but it really does calm my nerves. I have raced with it and without it but I did use it on and off in the marathon and was glad I had it. Speaking of Ipod's, I've spent no less than $200 trying to find a decent pair of earbuds/headphones and they still continually fall out. I'm getting very irritated at this situation. Any suggestions?
*Most importantly, where is everyone drinking on Monday Night! Kidding (kind of) I always have big plans to reward myself after a race with a lot of food and drink (most of the time I have no appetite and I end up in bed by 9:00 but I'm hoping the adrenaline of the whole situation and the fact that I have no children or schedules to contend with will give me a second wind!)
These are probably only a couple of the million questions I will post on here over the next couple of months as I start to obsess about the reality of this race. Honestly, why couldn't I just be into scrapbooking!
Off to catch up on all your blogs now! Have a great night!