1. I've been having a lot of nightmares lately. The one this morning was quite vivid. I was in Hawaii getting ready to fly back home. I was looking for my bags- it was a very Ironman-esque set-up with numbered bags everywhere. I couldn't seem to find mine. Then the room was getting a little bit dark. The TV was on and there was an announcement that there had been a pre-volvanic tremor. I looked out the window and in the distance there was a volcano. It was smoking a little bit. But then...
The top blew off of it and lava went shooting into the sky. It was very powerful. Then I looked outside and there were sunbathers running everywhere and getting hit wih pieces of falling lava. We all knew we were going to die but we were just standing there in the room, silent, and watching the TV announcers excitedly talk about how amazing the eruption was.
2. About the Cleanse... You really don't have to worry about me. I actually have a very decent handle on nutrition. A biochemistry BS, Pharmacology PhD, and med school have taught me a lot about nutrition. More because it is kind of a passion of mine. I regularly read nutrition journals and have been to an international conference. I'm not starving myself, I promise! I would never have agreed to do it if I thought it was dangerous. The only major differences from my normal diet will be: No peanut butter (gasp!), no Cliff bars, no sugar, and a lot more fruits, veggies, and fish. I'll be eating 4 times a day and my caloric intake won't be more than 500 calories less than I'm eating currently. No worries! The increased water will be a good thing. I generally run a pretty steady state of dehydration. I do have my own views that excess water daily is completely unnecessary, but I want to practice drinking when I'm not thirsty for Ironman. You can't wait until you are thirsty to drink in an endurance event. Why now? I don't want to run a caloric deficit when I'm in high volume training close to my races. Why at all? I have knee problems. The less I weigh, the better they are. My long runs are already up to 2 hours and I can really feel the impact already. I have been thinner in the past, and I know the maximimum weight I can be and be pain free running. Damn these wide hips!
3. Tomorrow is the day when I cut off all distractions and start to write my thesis. My committee meeting keeps getting postponed so my thesis defense date keeps not being set. It would really help me focus if I had a date. I'm great with deadlines! Not so great without them. So to celebrate my last day of freedom, I'm about to lace up my big clunky snow boots, pack Maddie in the car and head out to the park. Then when I get home I have to head to the towpath for my 2 hour run, and then it's off to water polo for a 2 hour smackdown. Should be a good day!