All right, I took everyone’s advice and did not work out. I’m not too happy about that, but you all expressed such concern that I feel like I have no choice but to do what you say. Thanks for being like my mom 🙂 Speaking of my mom, I hadn’t spoken to her much since Sunday, because I didn’t want to stress her out. Unfortunately, my brother called her to see how I was doing in the hospital, so that cat got out of the bag. She took the news pretty well and was relatively calm… I was impressed! However, a few hours later, she asked about the address of my hotel in Boston and where she should park. I finally convinced her to stay home, but told her that if she really wanted to she could come visit me in NYC this weekend. Now I need to get my skin to be less red by then so she doesn’t freak out when she sees me…
Last night I woke up twice because my skin was burning. It seems like I need to reapply the aloe about every 4 hours or so, which is kind of tough at work. I’m wearing the same suit I wore yesterday (but with a dif shirt) because it’s the softest and loosest one I have with me. I can’t wait to get home and have more options! No blistering or peeling of my skin yet… I am dreading that. Maybe if I keep it moisturized enough it will just turn to tan instead of peeling? Wishful thinking.
I am being very careful about what I’m eating while taking a break from exercising, so hopefully there won’t be too much weight gain. Tonight is a big team dinner at my absolute favorite restaurant in Boston, though… so we’ll see. It’s called Mantra, if you’re ever in the area. It’s French-Indian fusion, but basically they mean food cooked in the French style but with Indian spices. It is amazing.
So while I’m taking a break from actual running, I’m spending my time planning my running. And the big news is… I finally got over my commitophobia and actually signed up for a race! On January 12, 2009, I will be running in the Disney Marathon. I’ve registered, booked my hotel… the only thing I didn’t do is flights because I have no idea where I’ll be in January, and I might be able to alt-travel it (meaning the company pays for it, like how I did Charleston this weekend). Christine is doing the race as well, which was extra incentive, and I want to give a big shout-out to her for encouraging me to sign up! Commitophobia = conquered.
Now that I’ve registered for a marathon, I felt so great… I wanted to sign up for one that will be sooner (January is a very long way away). I’m considering Chicago, but hotels are expensive, so I’m trying to see if I can find any friends in the Chicago area. I have a friend at work who’s doing it, so I’ll talk to her tonight and see what her hotel plans are.
Another race I’m considering is the Akron Marathon, which RunnersWorld named one of their top marathons you should do in 2008. It sounds really awesome, and I like all the cool features (click here to read). MarathonGuide also has a lot of rave reviews, with several people saying this race will spoil you forever because it’s the best marathon and they can’t name a better one. This sounds so cool, and hotels in Akron are much cheaper than the ridiculously overpriced ones in Chicago. Has anyone done this race? Does anyone want to do it with me?
Finally, of course I am going to sign up for the NYC lottery. Haven’t done it yet, but at least this one is procrastination rather than commitophobia. Kind of like how I still haven’t done my taxes.
So that’s what I’ve been up to since I’m not running 🙂