Tuesday, October 02, 2007

How Am I Feeling?

Tired.

Nervous.

Introspective.

Sick?

Addressing #1, I have just taken a Tylenol PM after trying unsuccessfully to sleep for about 2 hours (it is now midnight). I am really tired, but my mind just won't stop. There is too much going on in there and I can't relax enough to count those sheep. I also have a headache that is annoying me and won't go away.

I started feeling sick on Sunday when I conked out on the couch at like 7:30 pm. OUT. It was great to get some shut eye, but knowing me, I only do this when I'm sick. I went to work on Monday and was pretty out of it, but perked up near the end of the day. I got increasingly tired when I got home and crashed at about 9:30, sleeping 11 straight hours beyond that. I worked from home today, which clearly required my staying in PJ's until 3:30, when I went out for a run. I only went 3 miles but it did not feel good. My pace averaged 8:23 so that was probably quicker than I needed to go, so maybe that's why it felt crappy? This bug thing has been going around my office and it seems to be gone within a couple of days. So, I continue to take my vitamins, drink water, eat well and get plenty of sleep.

I have been going over in my head what my goals are for this race, and slightly stressing out about it. I want to push it but want to finish strong. I don't want to be disappointed if I don't hit x, y or z. The more I think about it though the more I realize that this isn't necessarily my last marathon. I sort of vowed that I would not do more of these races, but toward the end of this training I've found myself saying "well, next time I'll do this..." So, I've decided that no matter how you slice it I'm going to PR on Sunday. AND, if I decide to continue on this crazy path, then I may as well leave myself some room for improvement, right?

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Mm sleepless nights, I really hate those, but better now than the night before the race.

May or may not help, but sometimes enjoying the race is the best way to a PR. Try to put faith in your training and don't stress out so much that you can't enjoy all the hard work that got you there!

jen said...

I hope you feel better, it might just be anxiety and nerves causing you to feel icky.

I know you're going to have a great race and come in with an impressive time, so I only have this to say about your goal pace: It should feel VERY easy for the first several miles. You should be thinking "this is too slow" for at least the first 10 miles.

That's pretty much it! If you can hold back for the first 10 miles or so you'll be good to go for the rest. It will get really tough toward the end, but just keep running and keep smiling and know we are all thinking about you and cheering for you!!

Good luck this weekend Emily and HAVE FUN. We are so proud of you!!!