This Saturday I am signed up to run my 3rd full marathon, but like a lot things in my life, I didn't really think this one through. This Saturday I am signed up to run my 3rd full but at mile 9 when the full runners break off one direction and the half marathoners go a different way, I will sure to think things through. I'm sure I will have my decision made by mile 1, way before I ever get to mile 9. You see folks, I haven't ran more than 4 miles in the past few months. I did a few 15 mile runs then I hurt my back, then I got better, then I got lazy. It is probably a good idea to just sleep in on Saturday and try my luck at running the next race, but I am going to attempt to run, something. If I decide to run this race and only do a half then it will be my 10th half marathon in the past 2 years, also in my entire lifetime. The only thing that I can't wrap my head around is that I will probably finish with my worst time ever. And why, because I just didn't think things through. I will get a nice race t-shirt, pictures that I will hide in a tub, and blisters and diarrhea that will constantly remind me of the race for days on after. But I chose to be lazy and not train for the race. A decision that I will need to think through next time. And there will be a next time because I need to redeem myself after this weekend.
I obviously didn't think this blog through either. I have lost a total of 4 lbs since I started writing this. I have been "seriously" at this "journey" (again) for 5 weeks. That is not ok. One week I focus on diet, the next working out. Now I need to mesh the two together. I have pictures to post but I have been putting it off because I haven't made much, if any, changes from them taken 4 weeks ago. It is on my list to do, post the pics, that way I can hold myself accountable and focus on my health. Something that I need to think through!
But there is something that I really didn't think through and I believe that if I don't do well on Saturday I can hold this one decision accountable for my poor performance. I decided (obviously not thinking) to do a 10 day cleanse. Not the kind of cleanse where you drink cayenne pepper, lemon pledge, and water, but lots of veggies (i.e. fiber) and some "pills" that clean out your system. The pills maybe phony but they are doing something. Plus I have been working on eating a 5lb bag of spinach. There is only so many different ways to eat spinach and I think that I have found all 4 of them. I have nightmares about spinach. If a little person came running after me with a bag of spinach I would crap my pants and cry. (sorry if I offended anyone, I can't help my phobias!)
Ok, I need to focus here, the point I am trying to make is, never, ever try a cleansing regiment within 60 days of a race. I have a blowup mattress in my bathtub and have moved my flat screen into my bathroom. Also, all those issues I have around using the toilet for "passing a movement" (if you know me, you know what I am talking about) well, they are out the door with this cleanse. Every day feels like I ran a race at high intensity. My intestines are giving me the finger saying "Take that you fool" It will take months to get the toilet ring impression on my butt to disappear. Lesson here, don't try to cleanse the system so close to when it will do it on its own after a race!!!! I have been running a lot lately, unfortunately the running I have been doing will not help me improve my time in a race.
Remember to always think things through, and booze and cleansing pills don't mix. I'm just saying.