October 30, 2012

Taper crazies and Halloween madnesses

Ahhhhhhhh! That's what I feel like inside from tapering. Every time this happens before a big goal race, I go crazy. Then later I forget that I went crazy and think people are making up that stuff about going nutballs during their race taper. Well it's happening again. I'm crazed out about traveling, packing, eating, sleeping, and more eating.

Also I'm so paranoid about my body suddenly falling apart, like the wicked witch melts with a drop of water.

Yesterday, I was walking into a store with three little toddlers, all holding hands in a row. Guess what toddlers holding hands in a row do? Clue: it's not walk in a straight line. They twist and turn and dip and twist more. Their silly walks pulled me in a bunch of different directions at once, and I twisted my foot and caused a sharp pain that lasted the whole time I was in the store. So with every step in the store I'm freaking out and absolutely positive that I won't be able to race on Saturday. And now, here I sit, with a perfectly fine foot. The pain went away as quickly as it appeared, and I now realize that I am in full taper hypochondriac mode.

Does anyone else get this? Every flicker of pain, heart flutter, or tense muscle becomes an insurmountable problem (for at least ten minutes), even though you know you lived through that and much worse during training. Which training, by the way, was during the hottest, most humid months of the year. I think I can handle walking into the store during taper week. Or can I?

Also freaking me out is that the temps on weather.com keep creeping higher and higher for Saturday.

I love the 0% chance of rain part, but those temps are not ideal. In my dream world, we would finish before the temps hit 70. Definitely wearing a tank and shorts. I thought I would have to bust out my arm warmers to wear for part of the time, but I think that will be completely unnecessary. 

To get my mind off of taper madness, I decided to actually dress up for Halloween this year. Can you guess who I'm going to be? 

This is a wrinkled preview of the final version. In the final version, my hair is also slightly poofier. 

I originally wanted to copy That Pink Girl's awesome costume, but I couldn't find a good ole USA sweatshirt. Where's the patriotism in this country when you can't find multiple tattered USA sweatshirts at the thrift store?!

After my last post about kefir water and brewer's yeast, the most common response was, "What the brewer's yeast?" Which I will now start saying instead of "what the heck" or "what the h," my two favorite expletives. 

Here's a link to some info on brewer's yeast. But basically it's a flaky powder (made from a one-celled fungus), like the consistency of nutritional yeast, that has tons of B vitamins. It also has a load of minerals, most especially chromium. Nutritional yeast is low in chromium vs. brewer's yeast is high in chromium. 

Here's some more info from the University of Maryland Medical Center link above:
Brewer's yeast is often used as a source of B-complex vitamins, chromium, and selenium. The B-complex vitamins in brewer's yeast include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and H or B7 (biotin). These vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which provide the body with energy. They also support the nervous system, help maintain the muscles used for digestion, and keep skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy.
But it doesn't have B12, so it isn't a meat/dairy substitute if you are vegetarian. 

There were lots of sites that raved about it as a wonder supplement, but I tried to link you to one that wasn't selling brewer's yeast and gives a neutral overview. 

And like I said yesterday, I mix a scoop with orange juice and drink it and love it. I'm absolutely positive it is an acquired taste, but if you ever try it, you'll have to let me know how you liked (or hated) it. 

What are your Halloween plans? Dressing up? My husband and I have coordinated (non)costumes. This is our first year of 12 years of marriage to ever coordinate Halloween costumes. 

Did you guess what our costumes are going to be? 

What freaks you out the most during the week before a big race?