So last night, I just tried to relax before I would have to finish packing for the drive to Amelia Island.
We had dinner at a local restaurant to support little man’s school. It was nice to get out with friends, even though we’ve been eating out a lot this week. Our dishwasher was broken and I was being incredibly lazy. It was just easier to let someone else do the cooking and the cleanup.
I haven’t finished that aforementioned packing yet, either. I have most things folded up, but for some reason, the shorter the trip, the more things I try to bring. I will deal with it after I get the little man off to school.
Today would have been Oscar’s 14th birthday. I’m having a hard time with it. Little man has been doing well, but this week, he started crying and telling me that he missed Oscar and wished he didn’t have to go to heaven. That makes two of us (well, probably five of us). It’s a bad weekend all the way around, because Oscar passed the day after my first half. For whatever reason, I can’t shake that out of my head. The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other, I know, but it’s this mental block I need to overcome.
So. Where am I at for tomorrow?
1. Stay warm and stay hydrated. It’s hard for me to drink during the cold, especially things like water or electrolyte replacer (a good glass of pinot noir would be just the thing). I can’t imagine I will be sweating that much in 30 and 40 degree temperatures, but it’s something I need to watch.
2. Focus on my music and the scenery and the finish line. Those are the three things that will matter. I need to clear all the less-than-positive thoughts from my head and just breathe the run. Period. The end.
3. Finish with a smile and with gratitude. I am singularly blessed in that I can go out and run tomorrow. I need to never forget that.
How do you hydrate in the cold weather? Is it different than how you manage the heat?
Are you running any races this weekend?