OF UNFULFILLED PLANS FOR RETREAT
This time next week, I’ll be done with the marathon. I will not be as tired as I am today.
My brother and family, plus my own kids and grandkids just spent a week-end here. They all left Sunday a.m. and I collapsed into a nap with the chihuahuas.
Woke up, cleaned the last stack of dishes, picked up the Sunday paper which put me back to sleep, so I put the paper down and rounded up the chihuahuas for a second nap.
I’m never this tired after a marathon.
However, due to driving to L.A. at 4:30 a.m., and Daylight Savings time, I decided to train myself to get to bed early last week and the coming week. Plans for early bedtime last week evaporated with the family visit and now they are evaporating for next week.
-I’m taking friends to an exhibit of California artists which closes Marathon Sunday. So, it’s now or never.
-Then another friend got free tickets for the Duck’s hockey game, dinner and a car to transport us. This is too big to pass up.
-A third friend’s begging to fix me an early, healthy dinner which I hope I can put off until next week. However, if it it’s our last chance to see her husband before he leaves for a long absence, we’ll go.
The point is that life keeps happening. There’s no money riding on my marathon time so why not have fun with friends?
True, I’d rather have seen my brother, family, and assorted friends AFTER March 9th, but Iet people take priority over sleep.
The taper, on the other hand is something I can make a priority. And I must. Running shorter distances last week made me conscious of how tired my legs were. Up until now, I made myself ignore my shin splints and sensitive knees because I had to be out and on the road for fifteen to twenty miles.
Now, I realize I’ve beaten up my legs a bit. NOT BAD. But enough so that I see the wisdom of the taper. I’ll run only a few miles Tues, Wed, Fri this week.
So, while I CAN do less running and repair the legs, I can’t seem to extract myself from night socializing and do more sleeping. I just hope it doesn’t catch up with me March 9. I want to wake up EARLY marathon morning with the endurance to put out a good pace for all 26.2 miles.
Wish me luck.