Two weekends ago was a blast. It was supposed to be my last big weekend, getting 20 miles each day Saturday and Sunday. I ended up only going to the State Capital Building and back each day, getting 10.1 miles instead of 20. Ok, I'll take it. The reason happened to be my fraternity brother Pat's birthday party in Charlotte.
|the whole table (now with me in green on the right)|
|All of the brothers about to sing|
Well the time change screwed me up, as it always does. It's so hard to spring forward. Throws off the day, and the entire week ahead. So I didn't get out of bed until after 11 am and it started raining later in the afternoon, so I had a brief window of daylight to get my miles done. One capital run was all I could get. And I was not hungover.
The time change also screwed up all of the morning stuff. No yoga or strength stuff before work, having trouble waking up with the alarm, argh. all of that. no thanks. it's terrible and I hate it every year.
At least this puts me into taper. Two weeks from today (sunday night) I will be done with this Umstead 100. I'm ready to be done. I'm ready to do something other sport, like get back in the pool. Hanging out with the family more would be nice as well.
In fact, that's how I missed thursday night's planned 7 miler, and the 15's both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Thursday night I had to go pick up a raft with one of the other dads in Evil Genius's Indian Princess tribe, then Saturday EG and I went out to the Neuse River to decorate it.
|The boat in the truck|
|EG painting her section|
|Rocking a giant unicorn masthead|
|Give a tagger some spraypaint|
|I really enjoyed getting to hang out with the other dads|
|The girls in front of their raft|
|Beautiful time on the river|
|One of the kids convinced me to put on her shirt|
The kids were actually in Myrtle Beach all of this past week with Kelley's mom (and Kelley for most of the week), so I had most of the week to myself. And that was really nice too. Saturday I actually ended up meeting Neena partway between Raleigh and Myrtle Beach to get EG, then the two of us took off for Arapahoe, NC. Sunday I might have woken up with a bit of a hangover, and that might be my first hangover after turning 40. So I always forget how much they hurt. By the time we got back to Raleigh on Sunday afternoon, I was in no condition to run the 15 miles that were on my training plan. So I'm taking this taper thing pretty seriously, including a 5 day no-running time.
I still have 6 runs totaling 40 miles on the training plan. This really is coming down to crunch time. it's fantastic.