I realize that most of my past entries have been pictorial, whether from my iPhone or GIFs from my favorite shows. I think they’ve been pretty accurate as to the nature of my training and life, but it’s time to write.
I stopped making “resolutions” last year and instead focused on goals and promises, which I’m continuing this year. However, one of my promises this year is to stop procrastinating. The thrill of the last-minute adrenaline rush has sustained me throughout my middle school, high school, collegiate, and graduate school career, but it’s time to stop that.
It is 12 days ‘til the race, and I am mostly calm. I know that I could have done more this training cycle (more speedwork, long runs), but I feel ready mentally and physically. I scaled back my time goal by a half-minute per mile, which now seems more feasible. I finalized my packing list and accommodations. I am excited to see some friends I haven’t seen in ages, to visit the Expo, to take in one of my favorite cities on foot come race day, to treat myself to sushi and macarons post-race, and to know that I’ve crossed something off my bucket list.
The 7-day juice cleanse that my mom and I did between Christmas and New Year’s was great. The most difficult part was having to clean the filter immediately after each juice, but otherwise, I found myself more energetic, clear-eyed, and positive than I have been in a long time.
I didn’t have to shimmy into my jeans anymore, and there wasn’t that embarrassing minor ridge at my run crop’s waistline. I also relished that my tempo runs seemed less difficult after I downed a Super Juice (Gala apples, cucumber, lime, pineapple, avocado, spirulina, wheatgrass, and acidophilus bacteria). After a week doing the follow-up (1-2 juices daily plus meal/s), I am detoxing one more time.
On New Year’s Eve, my family spent time with some close family friends who we only see once a year, and that was a lot of fun. I’ve also gotten to reconnect with some of my good friends from grammar/high school lately, going to see some good films (Frozen, which truly has something for everyone no matter how old/young, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was one of our favorite short stories growing up) and lunch at our favorite sushi spots. (I had poke salad twice in 3 days. Yum.)
Things have been quite busy with work, life changes, and race day approaching, and again, I have been quite calm. I thought I was moving, but then I found out that I wasn’t. While it was disappointing, I know that it’s not the end at all, and I can and will still have a productive spring in all aspects.
p.s. I enjoy cold weather when I am properly dressed for it, but I think I need to finally invest in a neck gaiter. Does anyone have any recommendations?