I really think I need professional help.
See, I'm going on vacation later this week to desert climes, and all I can think about is how it's going to affect my marathon training. I'm in the midst of the so-called "monster month" -- the time when you're putting together high-mileage weeks, featuring a string of 20+ long runs -- before my spring race and I've been training hard.
For an eight-day spell, I will jump the groove of my training (fast, flat Davis for tempo and recovery; Vacaville for hills; Sacramento for a change of pace) and go to where it's 20 degrees warmer and the terrain is pancake flat. Plus, I won't be running in the early-morning dark, and I wonder what that will do to my system. Plus, I'll be at a place where I inevitably eat too much buffet style food.
It's ridiculous, I know. I should just enjoy myself and the time spent with family during spirng break. And, besides, I'm always bitching, after all, about running in the dark. So that should be a nice change.
But after three months of disciplined training, I'm worried I might slack off during this lull. After all, when I return home, it'll just about be the start of tapering.
Please tell me I'm worrying about nothing. Tell me to enjoy myself. Tell me (even if it's a lie) that the switch in training will actually help my marathon prep.
My name is Sam, and I'm a running head case...