Just got back the half-marathon registration/packet pick-up, or as I have decided to rename it, the Cassius Convention, because everyone there had a lean and hungry look.* Well, except for me ... I've viewed the half-marathon training and related calorie expenditure as an opportunity to eat just about anything I wanted (cheeseburger pizza, anyone?). Not so my more-serious half-marathon-running compadres.
To get out of the registration area, you must walk through an "expo" -- a fancy way of saying "place to sell high-end running stuff," even though they tell you NOT to wear / do anything new on Race Day. One booth had a little pad you could walk across and it would take all kinds of readings of your foot and stride. Another booth touted a wide array of energy gels (the kind you eat mid-race). Yet another had very high-tech wardrobe items. Note to general population: unless you can run at least a half-marathon, please do not wear these skimpy togs in public. Thank you.
I wish I could get very passionate and committed to something as healthy as running. I sincerely admire the folks who can do it. I long for the discipline and perseverance and singlemindedness that it takes.
As we all know, I am more passionate and committed to things such as loud rock bands. And although all the half-marathon literature warns against it, I am definitely going out tonight to hear the Long Players' version of Who's Next. I am so excited. I have had trouble sleeping the last two nights, because there is so much on my mind, so I doubt I'd have a great night's sleep even if I packed it in about 8:30 p.m. I guess we'll never know.
The half-marathon literature also warns against fiber and dairy consumption with 48 hours of the race. Water? Good, but not too much. Carbs? Very good. Sushi? It doesn't say, but I'm guessing it must be good. I'm about to find out.
JMS is running the half-marathon and expects to finish in half the time it takes me ... then we are meeting with friends for a small cheer, long naps and then festivities which will take place in earnest. These will involve travel and an overnight stay in a remote location. More upon my return.
Please pray for no rain between 5 a.m. and noon tomorrow.
Signing off from the Nashville Public Library,
* It's a Shakespeare thing. Please consult "Julius Caesar" for details.