My Journey from Fat to Fit

My Journey from Fat to Fit

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I made it through the wake for my wife’s grandmother. It wasn’t as bad as I expected. I thought I’d be really uncomfortable around the body (I’ve never been around a dead body before) but it didn’t affect me at all. It just felt completely disconnected from her as a person. Like a wax model or something. A photograph evokes more emotion for me.

I’m pretty tired of making small talk though.That was just exhausting. We were there for five hours — so that’s five hours of people asking “what are you up to these days?” (nothing) and “how are you?” (well, you know…).

I’m really not looking forward to this wake. I don’t get the idea of putting a body on display. I can see how it provides some type of closure for some people, but not for me. I just find it upsetting. I’d rather my last memories of a person be from when they were alive. I also don’t really like public grieving. And we’re supposed to be there for five hours. It’s like this whole ritual was intentionally designed to make people feel even more miserable.

Marathon Training — Week 16, Day 3
19K Medium-Long Run
I decided to get out the party cups to practice drinking on the run while running out-and-backs. I don’t normally drink much, if at all, during shorter races so I need this practice. It took until the fourth cup before I got a technique down that works.
My hip is a little bit sore. I thought I was feeling good lately, but now I realize that it was just the painkillers in my cold medication. But on the plus side my cold is almost gone.

Marathon Training — Week 16, Day 3

19K Medium-Long Run

I decided to get out the party cups to practice drinking on the run while running out-and-backs. I don’t normally drink much, if at all, during shorter races so I need this practice. It took until the fourth cup before I got a technique down that works.

My hip is a little bit sore. I thought I was feeling good lately, but now I realize that it was just the painkillers in my cold medication. But on the plus side my cold is almost gone.

Marathon Training — Week 16, Day 2

11K Recovery Run Plus 8 x 100m Strides

I think I’ve almost beaten this damn cold. Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad. I was running a fever and worried that things would get worse. My wife scolded me for training through this, but it’s not as though I could take a week off training this close to the marathon. In any case, today I’m just a bit sniffly. I think I’ll be pretty close to 100 percent by the weekend, when I have my last tune-up race. And that still gives me two weeks until the marathon. 

Today was one of my longer recovery runs. I’m officially on my taper but there isn’t a huge drop in the mileage — but there is a pretty big drop in intensity. I felt okay, but I’m glad it was at an easy pace because breathing wasn’t so easy.

After my run I registered for my marathon. Yep — I’m less than three weeks out and I’m just registering now. I feel kind of superstitious about registering early. It’s as though if I register early I’m bound to get injured.

Now I’ve got to get ready to head to my in-laws for a couple of days. So that’s going to be miserable. Not sure how much interwebbing I’ll be doing, but send a search party if I haven’t posted anything in a few days.

I’m really not looking forward to the next few days. It’s my wife’s grandmother’s funeral and we have to go stay with my wife’s parents. I’d rather stay elsewhere but my wife insists and you can’t fight with someone who’s just lost her grandmother. They’re such awful people, I can’t stand being around them. Mix in grief and their tendency to drown emotions in alcohol — this is not going to be pleasant. But I’ll just vent here so I don’t blow up at anyone.

Marathon Training — Week 16, Day 1

Rest Day

I’m officially on my taper. The Boston Marathon seems like a good way to kick off my taper. I enjoyed tracking those of you who were running it, and I delighted in the elite races. Congrats to you call, you inspire me to earn my spot in Boston.

I’m a big fan of Meb Keflezighi. I like to watch his training videos because he’s not the best runner in the world, but he’s incredibly dedicated and he’s got a fantastic personality. I never for a moment before this race thought he actually stood a chance to win the Boston Marathon, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

Now as far as my training goes, I’m not sure how things are going. I can’t seem to kick this damn cold. It hasn’t caused me to miss any workouts and the quality of my workouts is still good, but as I get closer to race day I get worried that it will affect my performance. I’m still almost three weeks out, but I’ll be a lot happier when I’m over this.