Thanks for all of the good suggestions about pace groups yesterday! I think I’m more torn than ever. But I don’t need to make my decision until the expo, so I can mill it over for a bit (is this a real phrase, or did I make it up? Can you mill over something?)! (UPDATE: Thanks to Hyedi, I know know that you mull over something. Like wine. Mulled wine is yummy!).
Basically, it comes down to doing what I know I should do and what I want to do.
Meanwhile, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am legitimately experiencing extreme anxiety over this marathon, and I have been for the last several weeks, probably much more than I’ve let on. (I know Rachel, who is running her first marathon this weekend, gets me on this). I keep thinking that there is something else stressing me out and keeping me up at night, but nope. All other life stressors have pretty much come and gone, and I’m still going nuts. So, it’s just this dumb marathon. Granted I tend to be a little OCD in general and I get fixed on things, but this kind of event doesn’t usually make me get chest tightness.
I HAVE completely invested myself physically and mentally for the last 4 months (and however long before then to build a base), and devoted more time to running and recovery than I care to admit including a 20 mile run in San Antonio, land of riverside margaritas. Easily the most time I’ve ever spent prepping for a 3-4 hour presentation. But considering the big universe out there, this race shouldn’t be causing this much stress. This is my hobby, damn it!
Since we’ve limited our booze intake by a significant margin, and I’m trying to avoid gorging on cookies, and all I’m allowed to do are these little tiny versions of the runs I’ve been doing for the last 4 months, I am actually having to calm myself down manually. I don’t even know where to begin. Bring on the lavender candles, herbal tea, and deep breathing techniques. (For the record, yoga actually makes me more stressed because I can’t hold the poses).
Kelly suggested that I read this article about common pre-marathon mistakes, and one of them talks about letting yourself get too worked up about the race. I’m really needing to make an effort to chill out for the good of the marathon.
So, instead of this being Amy’s Marathon Freak Out #2, I’ll simply call this, Let’s Have a Dance Party!
If you haven’t seen this and you like to be entertained, you need to watch! Admittedly I have no clue what the hell he’s singing about, but his dance moves make my life a happier place.
I haven’t been training with music. The only runs I’ve used music for were the ones on the treadmill, and even then, I had it playing in the background (instead of using headphones), and the faster you go, the less you can hear. Even the 5-K I ran in July was music free.
It hasn’t been bad at all. It has actually been really liberating. In the spring, I was starting to get really mad at the music and its inability to make me run faster during races, so going silent helped eliminate some of that anger.
BUT. I’m planning on taking my shuffle to the race. My hope is that I won’t turn it on until mile 20 when I’m in need of some motivation. I’ve read somewhere that music loses its motivational ability pretty quickly, so I want to make sure I make the best use of it.
Problem is, I’m not really a “music” person. Unless it’s Rosemary Clooney or Frank Sinatra, or, Journey (BECAUSE I LOVE JOURNEY). So when I’m trying to select music, I’m looking at a huge bunch of songs that I don’t know, especially if they aren’t played non-stop on the radio.
The ones I want to keep on there:
1) Don’t Stop Believing: beautiful song, and totally motivating when you are starting to not believe.
2) Kids in America: Surprisingly, really helps my pace and disposition
3) Song 2 (by Blur): This is also the “whoo hoo” song if you lived in the 90’s. Makes me want to go…whoo hoo!
Everything else is up for grabs.
I feel like this question is asked in every running forum, but new music comes out everyday, so those lists become irrelevant pretty fast (says the girl with nothing on her “must play” list made in the last 15 years).
So, the advice I need today….what’s your favorite running song?
Also…just now I almost said, “is it only Tuesday?” but then I realized that it was actually Wednesday! What a happy surprise!
Have a wonderful day!