Because if you have, I'd like it back. Woke up this morning at 5:00 to prepare for my 20 miler. Around 6:00 I took a peek outside and it was raining pretty steadily. I've blogged about running in the rain before, so needless to say I took off my running clothes and went back to bed.
When I woke up again at 7:30 it wasn't raining. For some reason I just couldn't get my ass in gear an get out the door. My wife kept asking me, why don't go run, not 20 miles, but for an hour just to get it out of your system. I kept making one excuse after another, I have to buy groceries, I have to pack (more on this in a minute), with my luck it'll start raining the minute I get going. Simply put, I had no motivation to get out the door.
This is not the way I want to be feeling 5 weeks before the NJ Marathon. My plan was to get 3 20 milers, now I'll be lucky if I second one in. See, next Sunday is the Sunday before Passover. My family is going away next Tuesday (April 7) to my parents' place in Boca Raton, Fl. My wife needs to come back during the intermediate days for work. So we have to clean the house to make sure it is chamtez free. I also need to buy her some kosher for Passover food so she has what not to eat while she's home. I was hoping not to run 20 next Sunday so I can be home all day to help prepare. Since I didn't run 20 today, I have one of 3 choices: 1) run 20 next week, 2) run 20 on April 12. I'll be in Florida, and since it's Passover, I can't drink Powerade or take gels. That presents a whole nutrition and hydration problem. or 3) this is out of the box, but I could run from my house to work on Friday. It's just about 20 miles. The problem with this idea is I would have to leave my house no later than 5:00 a.m. Which means I would have to wake at 4:00 to give myself an hour to wake up and prepare. Even if I go with option 3, I still might run 20 on April 12.
I know this sounds very complicated for someone who is not familiar with the laws of Passover. If you are interested in learning more, I'd be happy to explain. Let me just say that there are days where I do not run because I'm observant. Throw in the travel days and there aren't many chances for me to run while I'm down there. All of the confidence I had went out the door today because I missed my run. I need a plan to get it back.