Saturday, June 28, 2008

Prep work

Well it's T-minus, um, about 20 hours until I line up along with about 500 other crazed nutters for the 2008 Dysart Dash, and I'm quietly confident about how things are going. OK, I'm not saying I'm going to win, but I do feel so much more prepared than I have in previous years, which actually feels a little disconcerting because in previous years I've pretty much spent the day before the run crapping myself with nerves and imagining myself crawling across the finish line last while everyone's packing up and going home.

So with everything seemingly cool, I'm spending today chilling out. Sweatband told me when I did my first 10k two years ago that you shouldn't do any excessive exercise the day before a run, which seemed like sound advice so I've always adhered to it. All I've done so far is to stroll down to M&S to get some milk and triple chocolate crunch cereal, the latter of which might sound horrifically indulgent but it's fueled me well on previous runs, and I'm nothing if not a creature of habit. 

I've also just amended my running playlist in iTunes. I was thinking about posting it up here, but have decided against it because I don't think anyone really needs to see a list of 413 random song titles. Suffice to say there's lots of Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, and Muse in there, along with a smattering of Nine Inch Nails, Phantom Planet, Panic at the Disco, and Jane's Addiction, among others. Basically anything shouty with plenty of beats.

All that's left to do for run-prep is to pin my number (83!) on my top, though I'll need to check the weather forecast before I do that as I'm swaying between a vest or a t-shirt.

Other than that I'm kinda footloose and fancy-free for the rest of the day. I think I'll spend it trying to write the back-cover blurb for my book (a bloody difficult task!), reading this, and watching some more of this:

Seriously, how good is this show? Have a gander at this one:

Right, wish me luck for tomorrow peeps - let's see if I really can beat Sweatband for the first time!


Inexplicable DeVice said...

Yay! First!!

Good luck for tomorrow! It's going to be nice weather, so you should pin the number to your shorts and run topless. You don't want to come down with Jogger's Nipple, do you. Oh, remember to slap on the suncream, too, and have Sweatband take some pics!

I can't see the vids as I'm at work - I'll look when I get home...

Tara said...

Well the tag you have to pin on might say you're number 83, but you're number 1 to us.

Was that cheesy enough? Hehe. No seriously, good luck to you!

I bought some oatmeal the other day and had some this morning. It gave me the energy to exercise and head off to work...on a Saturday.

CyberPete said...

I wish you the very best of luck!

Hope your tracklist works for you, I couldn't run to that though. At least add Kylies Some Kind of Bliss though. That would push you to the pole position.

Tim said...

Inexplicable Device - No, I said I doubt I'd come first. But thanks for the good luck wishes. I've never actually suffered from jogger's nipple, so while I appreciate you, um, thinking of my nipples, I think I'll stick with a top of some description.

Tara - That was cheesy, but very nice - thank you!

And what's this thing with everyone having to work at the weekends?

Cyberpete - Thank you! Hmmm… maybe I will add just that one Kylie track. And maybe the other one of her's that I've got. But that's it.

CyberPete said...

That will cement your winning. You know that. It's about your fabulous form and confidence. It's all about the song you've got on when you reach the finish line.

Tim said...

Hmmm… Maybe Kylie waiting at the finish line- nekkid - would help. But I'm pretty sure her singing, um, wouldn't.

eroswings said...

Good luck on the run! Sounds like you've had some great preparation. Your last practice run times were excellent!

P.S. If Sweatband happens to beat you tomorrow, just ask her where she gets her steroids from ;)

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Oh, stick with the top then. See if I care!

On a lighter note: That's the first time I've seen or heard any of Flight of the Conchords. They're funny and quite good, aren't they?

T-Bird said...

Maybe Tim would cut out some nipple breathing holes, IDV?

Good luck Timbo! Hope you have fun!

Tim said...

Eroswings - Thank you sir! I did actually ask where she got steroids from and she just laughed. Nervously.

Inexplicable Device - I can't go showing my nips off to all and sundry you know! And yes, the Conchords are *great*! I love that bit in the first song where he asks if he can double-team his girlfriend with her roommate - the look on her face is just priceless.

T-Bird - I don't know, I wouldn't want them to get all cold and pointy like David Bowie's nipple antenna…