Monday, November 8, 2010

6 DAYS??

Only 6 days left until the Rock N Roll San Antonio Marathon!  I remember signing up for this when we had just moved to TX this last May.  I remember because I felt all sheepish to ask the hubby if I could spend money to do something he thinks is crazy :-) 

My worries:  I still have this blasted head cold.  I am going out to buy LOTS of vitamin C stuff today.  I went to bed at 9pm last night in hopes to kick this thing in the fanny.  I feel alright, no fever... but my head is just stuffed.  Allergies maybe?  I've never had allergies so I don't really know.  However, my understanding is that allergies don't come with swollen tonsils and a sore throat.  Correct me if I'm wrong.  I vote it's a sinus infection and I'm just bitter.  All those who have been following me since last time.. we all know I was recovering from walking pneumonia and my hubby caught it too (apparently walking pneumonia is contagious... says my doctor) and I was up the ENTIRE night before the marathon because he was so sick.  Any advice for NOT getting sick before a marathon... anyone?

Other mental worry:  this isn't so much a worry.. but more of fear of the unknown I guess?  I trained for this marathon a little differently.  My last marathon training I hit 28 miles in my long runs (yes.. I said 28).  This time, I got up to 22.  Am I a little nervous about that?  Yes.  However, I have hit a lot of race PRs this time around.  I've run a few 5ks and a half marathon and in both- I will go ahead and say I rocked them. 

The good:  I am feeling confident that I will feel better this week.  I am feeling like I can do this.  My body is feeling good (other than my head...) Another good thing: I at least know half of my outfit.   Marathon for The Cure sent me out a race tank that I will need to run in- so I at least know that.  I have run in it twice now and I am feeling good about it.  It is a little long on me but that's not a huge problem.  I just have to figure out what bottoms to wear, whether or not to wear arm warmers, hat/no hat, fuel belt or not.... decisions decisions... oh and to clarify- bottoms aren't an optional thing like the rest of it :-) 

This weeks plan:  I have 16 miles on the docket this week.  5 today, 5 on Wed, 3 on both Fri and Sat and then the big ol' 26.2 on Sunday!!  AH!! 

Other plans: 
-Drink 3-4L of h20 every day.  I cannot stress enough about how important water is (even when you aren't running)
-Eating healthy.  Cutting sugar out of my diet this week.  Lots of fresh fruits and veggies and gotta have carbs.  Although, I may be the only person I know who can't eat pasta the night before a race.  It = bad race day. Lots of gas... haha.  Speaking of eating the night before, there is an exciting bloggy dinner meet up that I am going to.  I am excited to meet up with everyone!
-Get enough sleep
-Start getting my race bag ready early- I don't want to forget anything at home.  3 hours is a long drive.
-This one isn't about running.. but I need to figure out to do with our cat.  We will only be gone from Friday night to late Sunday night... That's a little too long for her.  She has a lot of separation issues.  Anyone want a kitty to play with this weekend??

I know this is long, but one last thing.  Who wants to guess my time??  Maybe I'll send you a pack of Gu if you get close :) 

If you want to guess my time here are recent stats:

Half marathon: 1:52
5k: 24:11
22 mile LSD training run: 3:24


Charlene said...

sorry that you're still sick. I hope you are feeling better soon. vitamin c and rest are definitley keep in recovering. I predict a time of 3:40:58, That gives you 1 second to spare for boston qualification. You can do it. If not this race (because you're sick) you can do it at another!

Brittny said...

Those symptoms can DEFINITELY be allergies. I know because a sore throat is my first symptom when my allergies are acting up. Especially since it's been a lingering "cold" but without any fever or anything like that I would definitely vote allergies. My recommendation is to get some Zyrtec and take it every day from now until Saturday and see if it helps clear you up. It has almost no side effects (no grogginess etc), it lasts 24 hours and it almost always will clear up my allergy symptoms. Good luck!

Shannon said...

Hey Crystal... you're such an inspiration. I wonder if your body is stressed out before these races and decides to get sick right before them? Rest, water and that other stuff. I'm proud of you and I know Mom would be too. I'm looking forward to my updates during the race. As far as time, hum? I don't know but I'm sure you'll rock it again!

Vanessa said...

Crystal you wil do a great job. I was telling one of my patients (who does ironman triathalons) about you today. You are inspiring!