Here’s something I’m really good at – completely psyching myself out for races that I never really planned on doing in the first place and were a total last minute thought. I go from I don’t really care how I do I want to PR, to If I don’t win this race, I am never running again, to why the hell am I signed up for this hilly race?!?! oh right. it was $12. I couldn’t resist such a deal. and here’s some more of my stellar logic – let me refresh your memory with the diagram below:
No matter how you shake it, those are hills. However, here is my mind making those “rolling hills” disappear– oh, katie, they just made the map look horribly hilly by the way they spaced out the numbers on the axis (is that what they are called??? I think I am remembering correctly from 9th grade math). In reality, it’s an entirely downhill race from start to finish. It’ll be cake. I go a little nutty the week before any race. tomorrow I will have happy thoughts. Wednesday I will be frantic. normal.
Here’s my plan to get through the week, and feel fresh on Saturday – take it easy with the running. Do a little strength training. Which, by the way, I have been VERY good at getting in. I think I did 5 days last week. high five. I will do one speed/tempo run probably tomorrow. Light ‘n easy on Thursday and probably rest on Friday. that’s the plan.
Wherever my crazy little mind is at the moment, you can be sure I will keep you apprised of the weather situation. Here’s the forecast as of yesterday, for Saturday (I think today we are up to 44 degree high!):
Again – tech master Katie had to take a picture of the screen. Don’t know how to do it any other way. High of 40, race starts at 10am. Should be bearable.
It’s february vacay week my friends. It’s one on three for me. Me and my three kiddos. All week. Glorious. It actually is really nice not having a schedule to be held to. and on the flip side, it’s somewhat like groundhog day not having a schedule to be held to with these little pets.
Little recap of yesterday – I will be honest – I was a little nervous for Monday. Day one of staycation. For one, it’s Monday. that’s that. #Two, it’s vacation = no activities goin’ on. Three, I didn’t get to workout yesterday morning. going into the week negative lots of endorphins. scary place to be. That’s a Triple threat. It all turned out great. Monday + Vacation + No workout = didn’t kill me.
Ready to go!
and then tear a restaurant apart for lunch. at that point we were 2 on 4. still outnumbered. Only one waterspill and more of our food stayed on the table than the floor – I call it a success.
Girls only picture. Luke wasn’t cool enough. I’m surprised I got him in the highchair in the first place. getting him out for a photo op would just be stupid. I got a great Cobb Salad for lunch, and actually got to eat it. They don’t skimp on the avocado. There was a whole one on there. talk about exciting.
That avocado kinda looks like green ice cream scoops. yum.
I’m really not a candle person. they are more of a necessity considering we had about 15 days without power last fall between 2 different storms. The girls started playing “power outtage” instead of house. and when a light flickered they would look at me panic stricken asking if we were losing power. traumatic. always have a candle handy. turns out my girls aren’t so much candle people either. they were determined to leave with a candle, but could not for the life of them find one that didn’t make them look like they were going to vomit. We made it outta there with all children in one piece and some hand dipped candles. Looks like the girls were in a peace, love and dragonfly mood.
I stayed up entirely too late last night. Got sucked into watching “the Voice”. Totally entertained me. And I started to watch SMASH, but was way past my bedtime and I was having a hard time concentrating. I was torn between going to bed and really wanting to like the show. So I did neither and further fueled my race anxiety by staring intently at the above elevation map of my impending half marathon. trying hard to make the hills disappear. we’ll find out on Saturday if it worked.
half marathon nightmares ensued and we are starting day 2 of VACATION! Yipppeeee!!! Off to find something fun and exciting to do with these chickadees. chat later friends!
Do you watch the Voice?
Do your nerves get to you the week before a race?
Do you like candles? I like candles, but more aromatherapy type candles. not the really artificial smelling ones. if that makes any sense.