Romeo 2 Richmond is this Sunday. As luck would have it, I came down with a cold this Sunday. It was bad enough to keep me from going into work on Monday. Thankfully I feel much better today.
Still On Track to go Under 2:00?
I’m not so sure anymore, but I’m going to put in my best effort. I had planned to do my final long run on Sunday, which didn’t happen. Neither did Thursday or Friday’s runs. Way to fall apart at the end. I’m hoping to redeem myself with this taper week. I only have three runs planned before the race.
- 4 easy miles today
- 30 minute tempo tomorrow
- 2 easy miles Thursday
Then it’s two days of rest before the race.
I figure if the planets align just right and I’m feeling it, I will go all out to make my goal. Otherwise, I’m just inviting injury, 1 month before Detroit.
Wine and Cheese Party
Saturday should be interesting. My friends Adam and Miranda put on a yearly Wine and Cheese Party, where you get all dressed up and bring a bottle of wine and a cheese dish to contribute. Last year’s Mad Men theme turned ugly for me and my 10 mile run the next day. I met up with some fellow runners that morning, completely hungover and reeking of cigar smoke. I still managed to get through it and felt pretty good by the end of the run. I guess I sweated out all the toxins.
Lucky for me, this year’s party falls on the night before Romeo 2 Richmond. I will definitely be taking it easy this time with the wine and cheese. Absolutely no cigars for me this year, either.
Lauren always prepares the night before’s dinner with my race in mind. Usually its some sort of pasta, but this time I asked to go a different route. She found a recipe for rice and bean burritos that I thought sounded really good.
Post Race Celebration/ Dad’s Retirement
Whether I make my goal or not, I will celebrate another completed half-marathon. With each one I finish, I find myself itching at the thought of another full. But we’ll see. I know I am way too busy to properly train for one, even if this year’s mileage is on track to pass last year’s. Following the race I get to head straight over to my parents’ house, which is only a few miles away. My dad retired this week, so the family is putting on a small party for him.
I’m not sure what to think of his retirement. My dad is one of those people who never stops working. Whether he was putting in 40+ hours a week at work, or spending the weekends working around the house. He never seems to stop. What’s more is that my dad and I have worked in the same building for 8 years. It will be weird knowing that he isn’t always a small walk away from my desk to his. Or that even if I don’t visit him at the house too often, I could always meet him in the cafeteria.
But Dad being Dad, he’s already filled out at least one job application. One of them being a building inspector for our old city. He also has always wanted to be a community college math professor, so I expect that resume is being written as we speak.
He is always welcome over my house. I have a home improvement checklist that never ends.