Ooh, boy, are we gonna suffer.

Have I done any really good long runs? Nope. Has Dave? Nope. Has Mel? Nope.

Oh, we’ll all make it through. I’ve done halves with less prep. It’s just how painful and long and slow the process is going to be.

That said, I have been getting in a few spin classes, gym workouts, and shorter runs in. Not as much as I should, but some. And markedly missing from that list is a) bike rides especially hills and b) swimming.

I’m planning on swimming tomorrow morning and Friday morning (my membership to the gym w/ the pool is for MWF&Sa), running tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday a.m., and biking Saturday. Lifting before swimming. And a spin class, if I can fit one in. (The night runs are sponsored by Nike — fun, chances to win stuff, free food afterwards, free socks for trying on Nike shoes. This time ’round there are 2 in the South Bay — one in Hermosa and one in Redondo — very convenient.)

Friday afternoon we’re driving down to Carlsbad. We’re staying at a nice B&B with a totally sweet, awesome innkeeper. Saturday we’re all planning on going for a nice bike ride as well as picking up our packets at the expo….and maybe, just maybe, moseying on down to San Diego to go to Extraordinary Desserts. (What’s the use of doing a half if you can’t indulge in the best desserts I’ve ever had???) Sunday is the half, then probably lunch at Karl Strauss brewery (yummy beers).

Thanks for everyone’s comments regarding motivation — I’m working on it! I have the fear of Wildflower and Alcatraz simmering in my heart — those races are two HUGE motivators.