Oh my god. I’m running another marathon. Like for real. I’m running another whole marathon in just a few days, and I can’t back out. My Mom is driving six hours to be there.
I wish I could back out.
I have taper crazies. I had food poisoning last Thursday and Friday! I didn’t give up drinking for a month like I said I would. I didn’t stretch enough. I didn’t strength train. I didn’t ever get a massage, not once. And now I have to work all week. Thank goodness it’s prep and not actual shooting, so I won’t be on my feet for 14 hours each day.
I have taper crazies.
Nothing else in my life can happen until this marathon thing is over. There’s… there’s… I don’t know, like, pandemonium happening all around me, it seems. When I look at it closely, I see it’s just that the Earth is continuing to spin and life keeps going, but I just, like, can’t handle it. Not until the marathon is over. Put it off.
Shit, I forgot to send out my laundry! I need to do that today. I need my favorite shorts for race day! I don’t even know what shirt I’m going to wear! I haven’t even checked the weather yet! F**k! Is two Stinger Waffles going to be enough to feed me? I didn’t buy entry to the race-sponsored dinner because Mom insists that we’ll be able to get into a restaurant. What if we can’t?
I am panicking!
It’s just taper crazies.
My plan is to make three pace bands, because I really just have no idea what I’m going to feel like. No clue. Nobody told me that early fall races are hard like that because your heavy training is all in disgusting weather. Why didn’t anyone tell me that? Why didn’t I think of it??
So can I try for the 3:35? That was the goal. I’m making one pace band for 3:35. I’m making another for 3:40 and another for 3:45. If I run over a 3:45 I just don’t care, as long as I PR. My PR is 4:10:xx. I am trying for a ridiculous PR. What was I thinking!?
I need a massage.
Did I just feel my foot break? Is it broken? No. Okay. Am I going to fall on the subway stairs?
Last week (two weeks out)
Sun – Felt like going to the hash; ran 4 miles easy pace.
Mon – 8 miles easy pace
Tues – off
Wed – wound up working and took off.
Thurs – 8 miles at marathon race pace
Fri – FOOD POISONING
Sat – One sad mile of food poisoning recovery
This week (one week out ACK!)
Sun – 8 miles easy
Mon – off (actually on my way to get the massage)
Tues – 40 min easy; 6-8 strides
Wed – 2x 1 mile @ 7:50 with a nice easy warmup and cooldown
Thurs – 40 minutes recovery
Fri – off
Sat – 30 minute shakeout
Sunday – RACE DAY!