Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to Set Yourself Up for (Marathon) Failure

This post is dedicated to the LA Marathon, which is less than a week away tomorrow (took too long to get this post live, so hmmm)!  Having skipped my last long run last weekend, I definitely have some anxiety.

I don't know how tomorrow will go.  I feel like I've been on a "how to fail" marathon regimen, going something like this:

1) Get sick for 50% of the month before the race.

The first was a cold that I caught on the subway... the second from "The Ukrainian" two weeks later.  Awful, awful.  Although I'm mostly well now, I don't know if my lungs sustained any "permanent damage."  In addition, and maybe unrelated, my skin has been incredibly dry lately... even with lotion.

Same with my lips, but there's these cute cake-flavored Chapsticks for that.  I have to be careful with new lip products due to random allergic reactions I can get, but this one seems to be fine (as well as calorie-free, ha ha).  I was sent this party kit with it, which I'm hoping to utilize at some point when I'm less busy and more healthy.  Mmmm, cupcakes.

ChapStick® Velvet Cupcake and Cake Batter varieties are available now until approximately March 31st exclusively at Wal-Mart, CVS and Walgreens nationwide.

2) Start a new job, new routine, and then endure daylight savings time to boot.

My routine results in swollen feet and legs daily, along with less sleep.  (Does anyone have any recommendations for comfy heel-ish work shoes that come in wide-widths that don't look hideous??)  However, I do enjoy the new gig and am looking forward to all of its challenges.  Everything definitely seems more rushed now, and I've definitely been falling behind on all things blogging.... but hopefully, that will pass.

3) Cut exercise time.

Okay, so I did do a 17.5-miler, a couple of 12.5s, and a 20, so maybe this can be called "tapering."  My new schedule results in less workout time, though I have spent the majority of those times running (3-4 mi) and such.

4) Obsess about other things besides running.

"The Ukrainian" and I decided to finally do something we've wanted to do for a while, which is start an herb garden on our balcony.  Since I took so long to write this post, I will say that we did get some growth and will be transferring the little guys to their new "beds" when we're supposed to be carbo-loading.

Racing used to be something my life would work around, but it seems as though I now just plug it in wherever it will fit.  My race schedule is definitely barren this year... although on my side bar, check out my next marathon coming in.... aggh... two months?!

Be back soon with a race report!

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of Chapstick and was not compensated to provide a positive opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds as though you are enjoying yourself! Training is the hardest part of this racing business. Take care and have fun with the chap stick, good thing it's calorie free! haha