Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nervous Energy

I do NOT know how people cope with all this nervous energy before a huge race! Usually, when I have a lot of nervous energy I just go out and run my butt off and I feel a lot better. Now that I'm in taper mode, I'm apprehensive to go run too much. But, I woke up this morning at 4:45 WIDE AWAKE. That NEVER happens to me. Usually my morning routine consists of this:

  1. Wake up and glance at the clock and then realize "THANK you Lord, I have 35 more minutes of sleep left"
  2. Want to punish the evil sadist that is the alarm that screams at me 35 minutes later.
  3. Turn off alarm.
  4. Sleep for 15 more minutes.
  5. Wake up in a panic because I overslept TOO much.
  6. Rush to throw on some semblance of matching clothes.
  7. Brush teeth.
  8. Pony tail hair.
  9. Throw on mascara so don't look like zombie.
  10. Brew MAJOR cup of coffee so don't act like zombie.
  11. Head out to work.

Nope. Not this morning. I turned off the alarm. Got up. ATE BREAKFAST. Actually picked out a cute outfit and left hair down and shiny and flowy. Put on full face of makeup. Played with dogs a bit. Leisurely drove to work.

So, I'm going to run another 3 to 4 tonight to try and burn off some of this anxiousness. I'll take it slow and easy so as not to tire out my legs. But honestly, they feel fine from yesterday's tempo run.

Eating is still a bit out of whack (again - nervous energy), but I'm getting it under control. I only ate one cupcake instead of six. HA!

Today I LOVE: Buttercream frosting!!!!


Willie said...

You are too funny. I love it.

I'd like to spew some philosophical crap to make you feel better and help you relax but, truth is, I was the same way before my first. Heck I still get that way before a race I care about.

Sorry I'm not much help but maybe you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone?! You'll get through this, deep breath, deep breath, one day at a time.

Mmmmm buttercream frosting.

Tiny Frog said...

yes you are NOT alone! be careful not to run too much...or too hard.

and on Friday night which is the most crucial for sleep and eats, if you have to take a PM pill to make sure you get a solid 8 hours. its my little trick.

cause you sure wont be sleeping much on saturday night!!

Marlene said...

I agree...make sure you get a good sleep Friday night.

I'm the same way before a race and haven't figured out a way to cope. It's all part of the fun. :)

BeachRunner said...

LOL. Just stay shiny/flowy and stay away from cupcakes.