Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Everything I can do.

It's marathon week, and I'm kind of out of control.  A lot of people have said to me:  "You must not be as nervous this time since this is your second marathon, right?"  Well, could someone please tell my adrenal glands that I've done this before?  They seem to have forgotten. 

I'm nervous, yes.  I'm not nervous because I don't think I can do it, I'm nervous because when you work so hard at something for so long, and spend so much mental energy on it, you want it to go well.  You are especially vulnerable to let down or heart break if things don't go as you want them to.  Everything is kind of riding on one day.  So, yes.  Nervous.

Here is what I can do.  I can sleep well, stretch, and rest.  I can listen to all my favorite running songs in the car and bounce around in my seat with excitement.  I can wear my Nike Women's Marathon finishers necklace as I have since May 1st.  I have everything that I'm wearing on race day already laid out on my dresser.  I can drink at least 72 ounces of water a day  (my water bottle x3).

I'm eating as clean as can be, no empty calories.  Everything I ingest has to work hard for my body.  I'm popping vitamins and probiotics and immunity boosting everythings.   I've been using this Green SuperFood powder for a while, but making sure to get it daily now. 

Here is what the label says:  Amazing Grass Green SuperFood is a perfect blend of alkalizing greens, antioxidant rich whole food fruits and vegetables, immune boosting support herbs, and friendly pre & probiotics.  

1 scoop in almond milk is really tasty and offers up several servings of greens.

I can drink green juice.

I can drink carrot/orange/ ginger juice.

I can drink Kombucha!  My friend Sarah turned me on to this sparkly tea.  Here is what the company says about its drink:  Our Kombucha is delicately cultured - some liken it to fermentation - for 30 days. During this period, essential nutrients form like active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality. Kombucha has been used for hundreds of years throughout the world as a daily health tonic.

At first I didn't like it because it has a slight vinegary taste.  But I got used to it, and now I kind of crave it.  I like the Gingerade flavor best.  It's really bubbly and it makes me a little buzzed because of the fermentation.  The label says it will restore balance and vitality, so I drink it right up.


Then there are the old stand-by friends. 
If it says:  "Immunity Boosting," I'll take 3.

And lots of dinners that look like this.  That's whole wheat mushroom ravioli with roasted beets, squash, parsnips and asparagus.  Hello, carbs!

And most of all, I can visualize myself having the race that I know I can have, and think positively.

"Now bid me run, And I will strive with things impossible, Yea, get the better of them."
-Shakespeare  from Julius Ceaser


Joanne said...

Imagine, believe, achieve.
That is what your boy's love, Jillian Michaels wrote next to her name in this week's Newsweek "10 Questions" page.
You have done the first two in your planning, training, and living; now on to the third! As with all sports and performances, etc., the hardest work is done in the training/prep, so that the time of reckoning is smooth!
Good wishes to you and friends on Marathon Day!

Joanne said...

And actually, you have - achieved - so much already! It's not the end of your journey. Hopefully, just another scenic overlook!

www.slorunnermom.com said...

I'm bouncing around in my seat just waiting to read your next marathon recap! You are an inspiration to me on my marathon journey.

Elizabeth said...

Love that you ended this post with a Shakespeare quote. The English teacher in you came through. I wish I could be there to cheer you on again--it was such a thrill in San Francisco to be a part of it, even if just as a cheerleader. But I know Sam will be a great support and inspiration. We "Utahans" will be thinking of you and cheering for you, even if from a distance.

Nancy said...

Hi Em,
When I saw you and April in church on Sunday I wanted to give you both big giant hugs(for totally different reasons) but figured it might throw off the procession a tad...! [Skyler: please give your mommy an extra hug for me.] You are so amazing and I love that this is not "old hat" for you. This is huge, but you have worked hard for it. Try to relax in the knowledge that you have done "everything you can do" and you deserve to reap the rewards. I can't wait to hear all about it next week! Meanwhile, have a great week and a safe trip to VT (when do you leave?). Best wishes to the whole green mamas team (do you have a name?). Whatever you call yourselves, you all ROCK!!

Jennifer said...

hmmm. I can't say I have been as committed as you. Does sliced bananas with melted chocolate chips and whipped cream count as healthy?

celmore said...

I love the final week before a race. The check list, the packing, the taper and the constant thinking about the finish line.

Good luck!

Footdr69 said...

Love how you expressed your feelings in this post!!! I like @slorunnermom am SO EXCITED for You!!!! You've done the work, Princess... Now...Just Let Go, and Enjoy... You have the "EYE OF THE TIGER"!!! Hear the music in your head... And RUN LIKE THE WIND!!!!
You've Got This!!!!! ;-) *Hugs* We, YOUR FANS, will be WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!!!!
Love Ya Lots

Footdr69 said...

Oh ya, Did you add that Pink song to your playlist?!? ;-)

Kirsten said...

You can do it! Can't wait to hear all about it--Go Emilie!

Joanne said...

Correction: Time Magazine - 10 Questions, May 31, 2010 for Jillian.