AARON'S LAST-MINUTE RACE ENTRY
It was Day 3 in my 15-day "training program" for the Bolder Boulder. I was beginning to think entering the race was a huge mistake but didn't want my daughter to see me as a "quitter." Last night I got another solid five hours of sleep but was so stiff and sore I hardly could get out of bed when I awoke thanks to a chorus of coyotes at 4:00 am. I immediately vowed to skip the pick-up basketball game in which I was scheduled to play today. That made me feel better already! There's no feeling of accomplishment better than taking something off one's "to Do" list.
I spent the early morning helping my daughter with a homework assignment due today and getting her ready for school. I was able to have two good breakfasts because Holly didn't want most of hers and I had cooked for four anyway. At the kitchen in Holly's school, I unpacked and shelved heavy industrial-sized food containers and started to get dizzy. I knew that couldn't be a good sign. I decided I would find a way to rest at some point today. I still was committed to running tonight, while Holly was at Karate tonight.
Throughout the day, I found myself easting small amounts of food but eating constantly. I never got the rest I had promised myself. Then, after getting Holly, we came home and I did something I had just sworn I would not do again -- eat before running. The mustard potato salad's siren call was matched only by my desire to finish the tuna salad I had made for Holly. Hey, food should not be wasted (so I "waisted" it, instead.) Of course, I had to eat it with bread, milk, and more. The entire time I was eating, I knew it was a huge mistake.
We made it early to the YMCA where we visited with Holly's friend, Zoe, and her family. The girls went into Karate and I weighed in at a pudgy 203. I was disappointed but not surprised I hadn't lost any weight. I hit the track and ran a lethargic 10 laps before Bill surprised me. He had a number of interesting topics to discuss -- as any accountant does -- and I made it to Lap 45 before having to take a potty break (as Holly would say). I returned 10 minutes later -- feeling like a new man -- and did another 20 laps despite my usually having a difficult time running again after such a long break.
That meant I did 65 laps or about 5 miles in 70 minutes -- a glacial pace of 14 minutes per mile. Bill's pace was 10:19 when we were running together but he didn't take a break. I was displeased at my lack of progress as well as how poorly I felt after running three days in a row.
At this rate, I would finish the Bolder Boulder in almost an hour and a half. After the girls finished Karate, I celebrated the fact I didn't have a heart attack with a giant order of fried fish, tartar sauce, French fries, ketchup (my vegetable), iced tea and lemonade (yes, three Arnold Palmers), and two large milkshakes. "To heck with you," I said to my diet, marveling at how I had no willpower when it came to tasty food. I was intrigued by how I couldn't even "be good" for just two weeks -- one of many topics Bill and I had discussed during our run. Oh well, I still had 12 more days to train!
Note: To enter in the Bolder Boulder and run with Aaron, go to www.BolderBoulder.com.
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