Just Next Week!
It's the most (gastronomically) tiring week of all - the carboloading week. Lo and behold - it's the Marathon Week already. The order of this week will be to eat, and sleep more, and keep the legs fresh.
What I have learnt last year, apart from resting and eating more, was to drink lots of water and spread the ORS generously in the last 3 days. This year, I'll stretch that to the whole week, in tandem with the food fest. And with my current sleep pattern ranges from 2-hours (yeah, I know!) to 6-hours/days, it could be quite a challenge.
I will just eat what I normally eat for all meals, in bigger portions. I have given hope (for this year's SCKLM) to read, plan and preach proper hydrations and diet - of what should have beens, etc. With the current situations, I'd stay safe in the familiar territory. I'd pack on near-expiring free gels from TNF last year, ORSes, Sloan deep heat, some gatorades, some Mars bars, some money, and my music. I need to sort the music though...
I had some decent runs this weekend - the first being with the Xtramilers where I ran along Alex and the pacers (Izuan, Shanaz, Nana, Irwan, KA, Alvin, etc) from Kelana Jaya LRT to Pizza Hut, TTDI. We started at 4, and reached TTDI at around 7 a.m., for a total of approx. 19km. Although the stretch did not offer some good hill simulations and speed drills, but it was an awesome avenue to support a good cause, and having fun all at the same time. And I figured, I could always fall back to the 7:30 pace we had that morning when I needed to rest a little.
Thanks to Mizi, I got a ride back to KJ and drove off to FRIM. I was super late, and relieved to know Kash and Nik have started running. As much as I love going into Dream Trail with them, that was not the day. We regrouped at Rover Track, at the end of Dream Trail. We fell into each other's pace and it was awesome to be in familiar turf. Been a while since our last... er, trainings.
The plan to run Kinrara on Sunday was scrapped as I woke up to a tinge of pain on my right foot. I must have twisted my right ankle somewhere in the hype of running on Saturday. Not exactly the right time to get it, but it is what it is. The plan to visit the hills need to be revisited after the marathon, hopefully more intense and closer to home. Knowing a Father's Day lunch was inevitable, it was hard not to get the gears and run.
But hey, it's the Marathon Week - it's officially the food fest, so why not.
A week to the marathon - I tell myself I was better prepared last year. But going through las year's entry, I was as mentally wrecked as I am today, but yes - I was physically more prepared. I suppose this year I am jittery because all the familiar comrades are nowhere near within the radar, and the hype is somewhat smudged.
The remaining few days prior to the marathon, I'll continue to run and soak in the atmosphere at KLCC parking where the surge of runners seen positively, and go get a haircut.
This year, I'll be running for the struggling overweight guys who dares to get up and exercise for their health (jangan lah cakap chewah...).