Five On Friday
ONE || In Alyssa-land, gearing up for a big race, of which the distance is a first for me, is a nerve-wracking endeavor. So, also, is flying on airplanes. Weirdly, it's not so much the actual flight that bugs me, but the whole concept of air travel and the rules and liquids and three ounces and do I have to take out my computer going through security and seriously what would happen if someone didn't put their phone on Airplane Mode? In this turn at the rodeo, I'm combining both. Because I don't half-ass stressful situations. I full-ass them.
TWO || I've made roasted chickpeas once or twice before, but this past month has been like a party in the chickpea aisle for me. I can't get enough of roasting these little babies and okay I barely want to admit this on the Internet but I'm going to anyway. The last two times I roasted a whole can of chickpeas, I ate an entire can of roasted chickpeas in one sitting. In my defense...marathon training.
THREE || I'm trying very hard to say in the moment and live one day—or at least one week—at a time. But I can't stop myself from planning for months ahead of time either. I enjoy each day for what it is and, most of the time, try to make the most of it. But to be honestly honest, I have a 2017 race spreadsheet already in progress. And it has five items on it. Mostly, because I know a lot of people fall victim to post-race registration blindness (a grave condition where, in the immediate aftermath of running a marathon or other big race, the afflicted registers for future races of other great distances without fully thinking things through). I'm trying to nip this in the bud by planning out 2016 races—at least, the biggies—before the fever hits.
FOUR || I have an update about my work situation coming. I know you guys are dying to know where I'm working/what I'm doing, and you'll probably just keep on losing sleep night after night after night until I fill you in. Don't worry, it's coming.
Okay, on the real real: The past four or five months have been full of change and transition and uncertainty and stress and chaos, but I've finally crash landed somewhere with solid ground. You guys have been hugely supportive ever since I shared months ago that I was leaving my job... without a backup plan. A lot has happened since then and I want to share what I've learned and what I've discovered about myself in the process.
FIVE || I know I've been a bit one-track minded lately (MARATHON), but thanks for bearing with me and being encouraging and supportive as the biggest physical event of my life so far looms closer and closer. I can't believe it's here, but I also can. It's been a long road (no pun intended). I'll see you on the other side.
And if you'd like to see how I'm doing during the race, you can head to SetupEvents.com and view City of Oaks Marathon runners. I'm bib #239.