Recap of my totally amazing and guaranteed to get me sub-4 plan:
1. I’ve been okay with the water, though I could do better. I’ve been really good with curbing the drinking – had a few glasses of wine on Wed night, but nothing last night. The problem is we have a big happy hour today at work to welcome the new hires. I’m going to try to make myself feel all special and important so I don’t indulge (“no drink for me, I’m running a marathon on Sunday”) but we’ll see how strong my willpower is.
2. Yesterday I totally binged on this amazing rosemary bread they had at work, but I justified it as early carb-loading (yes, I know how silly that is).
3. Sleep is right on target at an average of four hours/night for the last week. Ugh. I’m working from home for the morning and am in bed right now – it’s very tempting to fall asleep instead of waiting for my coworker to send me some final data to put into our model.
4. I actually have been remembering my vitamins – yay 🙂
5. Did the yoga on Wednesday morning – might do it again today. The problem is my yoga mat is still at my parents’ house, and my apartment has hardwood floors instead of carpeting – I need to go get the mat at some point.
6. Early in the week I was great about exercising. Wednesday and Thursday not so good, and today I want to take a break anyway to rest up.
7. My latest diet plan (vegan breakfast, vegetarian lunch, regular dinner – but try to avoid high-temp cooking techniques) is having a surprising effect. I’m actually feeling full more often. It used to be that if I binged on cookies/pastries at lunch, it didn’t stop me from being ravenous at dinner. However, there were two nights this week where I ended up having only a bit of fruit for dinner because I had overindulged at lunch but STILL FELT FULL! I know it’s not a good idea to skip meals/only eat an apple for dinner, but I’m just excited that my brain is finally recognizing even the empty calories I eat and seemingly using them for fuel. My weight is the same as last week but I bet it will drop soon, as I’ve been doing really well calorie-wise and have stayed pretty much on track.
8. I’m actually getting really excited! It’s fun to have so many fellow bloggers also running the race or that have run it in the past – it’s getting me really hyped up. Makes me realize that maybe if I put more planning/effort in, I’ll have an even better time at the races.
So my plan is fairly on track, with the big question just being sleep. Had to work till 2 AM last night, and then the boy came over to stay at my place. Cuddling is the best but staying up even later talking to him is really not a good idea when we both have to get up for work by 8 AM the next morning. Things are going really well with him though, and we’re really compatible in a lot of ways. Like me, he works pretty ridiculous hours, which I know would drive some women nuts. However, I’m glad he does, just because it means that when he comes over at 1:30 AM and I’m still working and on the phone with a coworker (who is at the beach and is supposed to be on vacation but is instead reviewing changes to our financial model) – he totally understands, and doesn’t mind watching TV until I’m free to hang out. Tonight he’s trying to get out of work by 7 PM so we can go to a nice carb-loading dinner, which will be great. I just hope I can get to bed early – I need to leave for my morning flight by 7, which isn’t too early, but tonight is the key night to rest up for the race so I want to make sure we don’t stay up till 1 AM watching a movie or something.
On the subject of outfits: I was planning to wear my new pink outfit, but then yesterday I got my Marathon Maniacs singlet in the mail. I’m excited to wear it for the first time, but the colors (red, black, and yellow) don’t go with my skirt – I want to get a cute black one to wear with it in the future. Should I wear it anyway to show my pride at joining, or should I wait until I can wear it as part of a fashion-conscious running outfit? I suppose I can always blame the fact that it doesn’t have a built-in bra as a reason not to wear it until I’ve tried it in practice and know it will be comfortable to race in.
Only about 27 hours until I’m at the expo listening to Dean Karnazes! I can’t wait 🙂