I’ve been anxious all week over tomorrow’s Just a Short Run 5K, even waking in the middle of the night and not being able to fall asleep. Will it be raining? Will it be windy? Will I be able to run fast after the hill to make up for the hill slow-down? Will my stomach get upset? Will I make my time goal? Maybe it’s because I haven’t done a lot of races, but I get very anxious before every race and always want to skip them.
So it’s a surprise that I’m so calm today. Here’s what I’m telling myself: It’s just a 5K. As bad as it might be, it will only last a half hour. And if it’s as windy as today and is raining, and if I’m as slow as molasses and don’t meet my goal, I’ll still accomplish something–I’ll be able to have a good gauge of my fitness level and can work on improving.
This week was more of a taper week than the schedule called for. We went out on Wednesday night to see some bands and got home late. (This is pretty crazy for me. I wouldn’t sacrifice my sleep and workout routine for just anyone, but it was the reunion tour for Neutral Milk Hotel, and my long-time-fave Elf Power was opening for them.) Anyway, I didn’t run Wednesday or Thursday.
I have the day off from work so started it with a short, 20-minute easy run. It was windy but warm and so nice to be out in the morning, which is my favorite time to run. Then I went to Elite Runners & Walkers to pick up my race packet. The giveaways were a pair of shorts and socks.
Afterwards, I went to the Market District to pick up Gatorade for tomorrow. After my crippling nausea experience in my first half marathon last September, which was preceded by a large pasta dinner the night before (I rarely eat pasta and never eat white pasta), I figured I’d just eat whatever for dinner tonight. I planned to have leftovers from what I made earlier in the week–curried chickpeas and greens. But somehow I ended up buying angel hair pasta (white!), pasta sauce (crazy! Pasta sauce is so easy to make that I think it’s a crime to buy it), and Italian-breaded fake chicken cutlets (also crazy! I don’t like eating processed or fake foods and prefer to make fake meats from scratch if I eat them). I think I’ll have that meal tomorrow night after the race and stick to my chickpeas and kale tonight to minimize the chance of an upset stomach.
But I did get a treat! I love Angie’s brand of popcorn, but my Giant Eagle doesn’t carry it. I’ve only found it at Whole Foods and the Market District in Robinson, so I picked up two bags. I’ve had the Sweet & Spicy before and love it. I was delighted to see that Salted Caramel is vegan, so I snagged that too. I’ve already tried it, and it’s delicious.