I’m scared that what I think are allergies are not actually allergies
I live in Phoenix Arizona where not only is the great blue-haired old people migration underway but everything is in bloom. I’m sneezing more than a coke head and I wake up with a headache whether I drank the night before or not. (Really allergies? Where is my motivation to NOT drink?) I know that it is just allergies, but in the back of my head I can’t help but assume that I’m getting sick – probably a tumor. WebMD always says it is a tumor.
|Taped her? Taper?|
I haven’t ran 4 miles in MONTHS – I looked. The last time I ran less than 5 miles was in July. But, I KNOW that it is the right thing to do (trust the plan, trust the training). Tapering has shown to increase marathon performance by 3% which for a 3:10 marathon (goal spoiler alert) is over 5 minutes. Stupid math – always making me do things that don’t sound right.
I’m scared that I’ll have to stop for a 5 minute poop break during the race
Remember that less than 4 miles that I ran in July that I mentioned above? Here is the run:
This is probably my #1 fear right now. I think that this and this alone is the one thing that could derail my race. So, what am I to do? High fiber before to clean the pipes? Lots of cheese to dam the fiords? These are the important things that I should be worrying about.
Yes, even guys worry about that. To be clear, I’m not so worried about it that I’m actually stopping eating, but in the back of my mind I realize that every extra pound adds TWO seconds per mile in a marathon. Even 5 pounds gained is over 4 minutes longer (2 seconds per mile per pound)! STUPID MATH. Looks like I have to put down the candy corn and eat real corn. Or, at the very least, only eat candy with 10% fruit juice. You know, health food.
Most importantly. I’m scared that I’m over thinking it.
Which, is 100% true. 95% of the time, I run my best when I let my race come to me. (No reference link available – I googled “my brain” it came back with “no results”) When I let a race come to me I run without sweating seconds here or tangents there. Sometimes, I just need to relax, wash my hands so I don’t get sick, put down the candy corn, and go for a run. Everything else will work itself out.
What frightens you? Any good facts to back them up?