I have had this heavy feeling hanging over my head the last few days and I think I just identified it. I am worried about sticking to my training plan while away from Portland. I will only be gone 5 days, but that could really be enough to F everything up. The most crucial runs I have during that period are the long run (9 miles) on Sunday and the pick-up run (4 miles) on Tuesday.
The Tuesday run should not be a problem, as long as there aren't any huge work obligations after hours. I'm staying in Chevy Chase but would like to travel down to the DC Mall to do my 5 miles. I just love being in that space, it feels so important and there are tons of things to look at. Anyone from DC have other suggestions for running in that area?
BUT, what I am MOST worried about is the Sunday run. I arrive in Chicago late afternoon on Saturday night and leave early Monday morning for DC. There are lots of parties planned and lots of drinking and late night partying that will ensue. Chicago is not a town to be reckoned with. And my friends from the Big Ten are not a light force of nature either. These people go big, everywhere, all the time. And by big I mean drink a lot.
My window of time to do the run would be Sunday sometime before the sun goes down, which is pretty early there. I am really looking forward to running along the lakefront, my old home course and taking in the bitter cold air. (Hello high of 20*!) I am also itching to run this in under 8:00/mile pace. I am just worried that my bad habits and desire to socialize the best of them all will limit me. I think I need to decide how hard I am going to go out on Saturday. I really want to have fun and hang with my peeps, but this can easily lead to blacking out and waking up feeling terrible. Not so much fun. I am really getting better at running hungover but it plain sucks.
So far the plan looks like this:
- Really think about Saturday night's debauchery and how it will affect training.
- Be firm with work people that I have to allocate time for training.
- Drink more water than I have been.
- Stretch a lot - I won't be able to bring the trigger point with me so this will have to do.