Down to Days

February 18, 2012 § 5 Comments

The past few weeks of running, including my nineteen miler, were done without audio books. I finished the last chapter of Dead Until Dark a few weeks back, while sitting in my car at Whole Foods, eating kale salad before going to pick up the kids. I knew how it was going to end, since I’d watched it play out on t.v., but even so I was sad to say, “Goodbye,” to the book version of Sookie.

Yesterday I downloaded the second book in the Hunger Games series; Catching Fire. It started little ahead of where the last book finished, but I was pulled right back in and excited to see where we would go. I feel a sort of kinship with Katniss, Girl on Fire. It isn’t logical, but she did get me through some of my very first long runs, while at the same time running for her own life in the games. As I’ve mentioned, I’ll be channeling her with flaming fingernails on March 18th, so it was appropriate that she would be my choice for heroine du jour during these final weeks of training.

Those few weeks without stories made me realize that I’ve got to have one (or two) going at all times. I had checked out When Margaret was Young, by my favorite author Jane Hamilton, but could never figure out how to get it to import to my phone. In a way I was glad, though, because what if I didn’t like it? Could Jane Hamilton be my favorite author anymore if I couldn’t connect with her book? I returned it without listening, but will try to go back to it later, when I have less on my plate. I would hate to be disappointed by my book of choice at this juncture.

After my lunch date with Sookie, which turned out to be a surprisingly calm and enjoyable addition to my schedule, I decided that I needed a car read. While at the library, waiting for the girls to fill their “library purses,” I hunted down the audio book for Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

I’ve often wondered what it was about that book that kept me so entranced as a young girl in the sixth grade, reading it for the very first time. I figured that it would be good research as I ponder the kind of books I myself want to write, and at the same time, be my companion as I eat my lunch. It probably sounds like a pretty nerdy and isolationist thing to do, but it is very hard to get quiet these days, and it’s less sad than eating alone absolute silence.

As a side note, I have returned to the land of exhaustion. After writing about Sweet Sleep, where I felt recovered from the overwhelming tiredness that had been plaguing me, it took one night of a past eight p.m. bedtime to fall back into the realm of six p.m. crashing and burning.

I wonder if it’s this point of marathon training and part of recovery? Maybe I’m coming down with something?

With only twenty-nine days until the race, my most important goal is to stay healthy. Peach called me yesterday with another cold and cough, my girls have been blowing their own little noses, and I watched a coughing boy at pre-school wipe his hand down the entire banister as he descended the stairs, surely on his way to the doctor. Germs are everywhere!

It is my biggest fear that I’ll get sick within days of the race and be unable to compete. That scenario has occurred two other times in my racing history. There’s nothing worse than being ill with a deep lung cough and cold at the same time that hundreds of people are running your race.

Fear aside, books in place, continued rest, one more big run, and quiet car lunches are on the menu until tapering begins.

Tapering. The final stage of this journey. I can barely believe it’s almost here.

Deliciousness!

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. By Judy Blume.

Library Purses from Port Canvas in Maine. Notice the quality reading in Sophie's bag! She couldn't resist SpongeBob LovePants. Can you blame her?

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§ 5 Responses to Down to Days

  • wartica says:

    Go you:)) I wouldn’t worry about getting sick, I’m sure you will be just fine in time for the race.Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

  • It’s a normal part to feel tired at this point in your training. You’ve been working so hard and asking your body to do a lot so it’s normal to feel that way. Plus, you get to head towards tapering now, right? Your body should feel better by the time race day comes around. After all the running you’ve ben doing, it’s tempting to push it during your taper but don’t. You don’t want to be spent by the time you get to the starting line.

    BTW – I LOVE the girls’ library purses. What a great idea. And love Catniss too. I’m kind of anxious about the movie coming out. I hope they don’t mess it up!

    • Running in Mommyland says:

      I actually do have a cold after all! I swear, I should have known. I was way too tired to even stay up and watch t.v.

      BTW the library purses were the girls ideas. They were given to them when they were babies and they fit those small library purses perfectly.

  • Liz Brownlie says:

    Things I love about this post:
    ***Library purses – fab idea.
    ***From Port Canvas – even better.
    ***That you are re-reading (listening to) AYTGIMM – love that idea.
    ***The picture of the Kale Salad card – so funny.
    ***19 miler – WOW.
    xoxo
    Liz

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