Just finished my Saturday morning 8 mile (8 is great) run. It really hit me that I have one month until the marathon. 4 measly weeks. Next week is my last "long" run, then I will taper down. I did 20 miles about a month and a half ago and it was surprisingly pleasent. I did 21 miles 3 weeks ago and it totally sucked. I can pin point a few things that probably made the difference - not a good brekkie, irritating shirt, tried Accelerade sports drink (gave me major stomach issues), extremely hot, forgot sunscreen, etc.
Anyway, 4 weeks left and I feel like I haven't been taking my training seriously. Don't get me wrong - I have been running and doing the long runs. But I have it in my head that I will be able to skate by. THat was until that last miserable 21 miler. It gave me doubts. On the other hand, it's making me realize that I need to focus and plan better and it will go just fine. I think I'm just a little burned out maybe. Maybe I need to get my diet/eating back on track. Maybe I need to cut out sugar again. Maybe I need to cut out my drinking for a bit.
Ouch. I think I just nailed it on the head!
I know the main culprit to this little "burn out" is that I can't seem to say no to a martini (or two). And frankly, who would WANT to? I just love them and their dirty, salty goodness- shaken, almost whitish from the flakes of ice floating on top. Oh and don't forget about the olives. Big, succulent, green, salty olives. mmmmm After some experience with this lusty libation, I have learned: (I didn't make this up, so I can't claim the credit, but it is definately a rule to live by)
~~Martini's are like breasts - one is not enough and three is too many~~
So, there's and easy solution, right? Just say "I will not drink until after the marathon." But before the words are even uttered, the little devil on my shoulder pops up... but what about the wedding at the end of the month, or so-and-so's birthday, or delicious wine with El Capitán's (The boyfriend) home-cooked dinner or after-work cocktails? See, it's not that easy.
My ramblings really have no point today. These are just the things that went through my head this morning. I guess the Moral of the Story is....
Kids - just say "no." Since we all know how well that campaign turned out, here's another option. Just have TWO. That way, you can still run in the morning.