I Mean, a Bacon and Beer Bar?!?!

Thoughts on my brain at the moment (all marathon related, naturally…as if I could be expected to have other thoughts right now.  Oh, aside from the fact that Christmas is 12 weeks minus 1 day away.  That’s pretty exciting!).

1. I was made aware of a bridge somewhere around mile 25 on the Chicago course.  This bridge is higher than the road, so there will be a slight hill going up.  I’m prepping myself to power up that little hill right now.  When I was running the US Half in San Francisco I was on track to PR at mile 12, and then a little hill came up out of nowhere that literally crushed my spirit to the point that I ended up finishing more than 2 minutes behind where I was going to finish. I don’t want this to happen on Sunday.  You better watch it, little hill.

{San Francisco elevation profile: the little bump at the end ruined me}

2. Boston registration is still open.  Assuming most people in the last few weeks have registered immediately after Sunday qualifying races (i.e. not waiting until the Wednesday after qualifying when spots could be going fast), my guess is registration will remain open for races this weekend.  I’m not holding my breath.  Chicago WILL fill it up if it doesn’t fill up prior.  But I almost want to try extra hard to qualify for 2013. At the same time, I kind of want the spots to fill by Friday so I can have that added stress lifted off my shoulders. I mean, I’m not above limping my dead self to a computer to register right after crossing the finish line, but I don’t want to be that person necessarily.  This is all assuming I actually qualify in the first place.

3.  COLD.  Likely 36 degrees when we arrive at the race.  Yes, I know I complained so much about the heat all summer.  But having to stand for an hour or so in 36 degrees sounds sad. Another consideration: frozen GU is extra thick.

4. I’m really looking forward to sleeping in once we get to Chicago.  I haven’t been getting an adequate amount of sleep this week.

5. I did 4X400’s for our workout last night.  Oh 400’s how I’ve missed you.  Looking forward to traveling back to half marathon land after this race is done!

6. Aaron just found a place called Paddy Long’s, the Best Bacon and Beer Bar.  “Must Do” doesn’t even begin to describe it!

7. I secretly hope to run into SkinnyRunner.  I wish she made herself more stalkable. But then I wonder if it would be really weird to go up and talk to her.  I mean, she isn’t like, a real celebrity unless you read running blogs.  Maybe I’ll just take a picture on the sly and then post it on here.  This feels significantly less weird.

8. In the event that you would like to spend Sunday morning tracking my progress, you can sign up to do so at http://tadpole.textingforward.com/portal/tf_marathon_login_social?pvRaceId=1481. Incidentally, my name actually is Amy Lavender.  If you don’t, rest assured I’ll update everyone on a daily basis for at least a week.  Which is about as long as I’ll wear my finisher’s medal.

9. I can’t decide if taper time is a hypochondriac’s dream come true or worst nightmare.  (I am a hypochondriac).  I have plenty to be anxious about: sore throats, phantom injuries that come from nowhere, congested lungs, upset stomach.  But, this is a little hard to handle.  Too much potential, life threatening sickness!

10. Inspirational Quotes of the day:  It really isn’t my style to quote the Bible to strangers. To each his own.  But I found this the other day and I thought it was so appropriate and applicable to anyone regardless of beliefs:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

I hope you  have an inspired Wednesday! BREATHE! (talking to myself right now!)

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12 thoughts on “I Mean, a Bacon and Beer Bar?!?!

  1. Awesome post. I really enjoy your blog! You are going to rock this race but please ease of the worry a bit girl! think of that beer and bacon wearing that medal! and that is a wonderful quote! I have no doubt you will be invincible race day!

    • It’s kind of funny…I’ve always had OCD/Anxiety tendencies and rituals, but I didn’t really think it was obvious. Then I stated a blog, and especially over the last few months I’ve been going back and realizing that I don’t hide it very well! I’ve had conversations with my husband and mom over the past couple of weeks about my severe anxiety over this marathon, and both of them were like, well, that’s just you. So, I guess I don’t control it as well as I thought!

      I think once I get to Chicago and get running (and you know, enjoy some beer and bacon!), I’ll be ok. Thank you so much for the encouragement as always, Caron!

  2. Yes, I agree with Caron’s comment above. Focus on the positive! And take one thing at a time — finish the race, then think about Boston. Just go out there, give it your best, and leave no regrets!

    • I think I’ll be much better once I actually start running. Before then, I make no guarantees! I’m hoping *if* I ever do a marathon again, I won’t be this crazy about it (for my sake and for yours!).

  3. Booo my email update for this post went to spam! Anyways — I’m also super excited to travel back to half marathon land after this is over. Half marathon land is a much more happy, friendly place.

    I’m also jealous of your post-race meal location. Looks awesome!

  4. Oh my gosh number 9. When I was flying to Maui for my half there was a guy in the airport sneezing and I seriously nearly told him to leave the gate because I didn’t need a cold in 3 days. I’m not even a hypochondriac normally, so I can’t imagine!!

    • Yeah, it is a bit nerve-wreaking! I’m convinced that every little sneeze or anything is going to be my marathon doom. I’m actually excited to get back to a regular running schedule so I can be a somewhat normal person again!

  5. Oh man, I HATE that I look up symptoms online. I end up freaking out and scanning my phone for people I know that drive just in case I need a quick trip to A&E. I don’t learn, either – I can’t stay away.

    You’re going to do amazingly well. And beer and bacon sounds delicious.

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