And why is this the threshold?
- It's difficult to tell people you're a marathoner when you haven't run a thing in past 1.5 weeks. One week is fine--you have emergencies, you work late, life happens. But 1.5 is excessive.
- It's harder to sleep at night. For the past few days I've noticed that I don't sleep as well as I did during training (not that I got a lot of sleep during training, but it was higher quality sleep).
- It gets harder to breathe (yes, a tip to Maroon 5 for that one). My nose has been getting stuffier and I've been finding it more difficult, overall, to breathe.
- You read all these running blogs and start to lose your solidarity with them.
- You can't find your peanut butter because it has retreated to back of the pantry--rather it has been pushed there by all the other food you've been eating while you haven't had to whip it out before a run.
- You have to start passing up desserts. Anyone who knows me knows that I have never met dessert/baked good/sugar encrusted concoction that I didn't like. But since I'm not burning 3000+ calories a week any more, I'm feeling really bad about that scoop of ice cream after dinner.
But I'm getting back on the wagon TODAY. It is an absolutely perfect day:
- It'll be in the high 50s for the whole run
- There is beautifully sunny
- The only race in Central park today will be over by the time I start running
- I don't have to run at a specific pace
- I didn't have to wake up at 7am this morning to run
Its going to be a great day.