It’s crunch time for DC!! And by “crunch” I don’t mean crunch on Cheetos, unfortunately. Crunch time now refers to doing the lame thing I always do 3 weeks before my races – eat & drink better to get healthy and lean before race day. It’s not fun. But around 3 weeks pre-race I have sufficient fear to push me down the path of straight and narrow for this type of lifestyle.
Some of you might have seen it was National Coffee Day today. I had no idea until the texts started arriving before the sun was even up. But guess who had already decided to quit coffee? Me. Again. Yes, I know I say this all the time. But I did mostly quit before. I may have had a couple coffee mornings here and there but I was scaling back. Now I’m completely off the coffee. The theory is that I’ll sleep better and also that I will lower my tolerance to caffeine so that on race day when I throw back the caffeinated gels, I’ll get a jolt that will make me fly! Mainly though I’m cleaning up my diet so coffee has to go. Wonderful timing to start though, when the whole nation is celebrating the heaven that is coffee.
Also I’m giving up salt. I realized I was pouring it on everything. And my muscles were tweaking and cramping a lot lately. Way too much salt and not enough water. Salt is gone now. I don’t really miss it yet because the healthier foods I’m eating, you can’t put salt on them. For instance, I couldn’t salt my blueberry smoothie. And I didn’t salt my lime drenched quinoa. I normally would have but, no, I’m in crunch mode so no salt!
That’s basically it. Nothing too drastic going on. I’m only eating fruits, vegetables and gluten-free grains. No coffee. No salt. No alcohol. Basically you’re supposed to eat like this 365 days a year but I confine this type of eating to 21-day periods, randomly, like the 21 days before a race. We’re actually 25 days before the race but I fly up to DC a few days early. I’m hoping that this clean-eating-25-day-challenge thing is going to get me to my health ideal before the race so that I limit negative race issues. I’m pretty much a complete bore the whole time I’m in DC until around 7pm on race Sunday. Then I end up having a slice of pizza or something. The Monday after race? It’s on! I’m always at Best Buns on the Monday after race Sunday. I’m the one holding up the line because I’m ordering 6 sticky buns. I think every year I add another sticky bun to my regular order. Anyway! Point is, there’s time for sticky bun fun AFTER the race is over! Before the race – clean eating!
In other news, mileage is going ok. It’s so-so. I was at 33 miles total last week and hopefully this week will be 40. And no more intervals. It’s not my ideal mileage before the marathon but it’s what I can do with school right now. School has been on the forefront of everything. It hasn’t made me a happy person, but running still does! Case in point, I was running my 6 miler today on the treadmill and I felt good. Great mood. Excited about more runs this week. All was well. Then I started on lengthy school reads and paper writing. I had to take a break after an hour of it because it’s not fun stuff. So I’m looking at Instagram (more running! my happy place!) and I see a picture of a palm tree and I’m like, Who’s the a-hole who posted a picture of a palm?!?! Surely I don’t follow anyone like THAT! Then I look and… it’s my school. They posted that palm. Thanks for the annoying cue to get back to work! ….. A whole ‘nuther post of mine will be on why I only follow runners who live up north or in the DC area. And, for the record, I’ve posted pictures of palms myself. But I have no choice! You can’t take a picture down here without a palm tree! I try really hard! But some palm tree or alligator is always ruining my shot! (palm trees are not my happy place)
Next up: 20 miler! I’m not as freaked out about it as I was the 18 miler for some reason. I think because I’ve already decided I’m only running two 10 milers. I really have to engage in these mind games when I’m running.
Anyone freaking out about the race yet? Do you change up your routines or behavior the weeks before the race? What are you most nervous about for the race besides just finishing?