I’ve been looking at all those hundreds of pictures of myself that were taken at the photo shoot last month now that I have good internet connection and some free time. (Don’t even pretend you wouldn’t do the same.) Two of my friends had me read Tina Fey’s chapter on photo shoots in Bossypants — after listening to me go on about sagging skin and unflattering bikini bottoms for a little too long. (It’s just weird to see yourself from that many angles is all. It maimed my perception of my appearance from smiling snapshots and the bathroom mirror. It’s what it must be like for those ladies on that TLC show “What Not To Wear” when they see themselves in that 360 degree mirror under florescent lights — only without the dread that everything in my closet is about to be made fun of and thrown out.) (Don’t judge my TLC indulgences.)
Anyway, Fey writes how one photographer told her, “Lift your chin, darling, you are not eighteen.” Did you know about this chin-lifting-age-defying technique? I probably would have tripped on a rock in the trail and fallen on my face if I’d tried it, but good to know. She continues:
Trying to Enjoy It (Proceed as if You Look Awesome.)
This requires a level of delusion / egomania usually reserved for popes and drag queens, but you can do it. It’s like being a little kid again, parading around in a nightgown tucked into your underpants, believing it looks terrific. Your “right mind” knows that you look ridiculous in a half-open dress and giant shoes [bikini racing kit], but you must put yourself back in third grade, slipping on your mom’s quilted caftan and drinking cream soda out of a champagne glass while watching The Love Boat. You have never been more glamorous.
I wish I’d read that chapter before the bikini shoot. I would have brought a cooler of cream soda.
Anyway, have you read the article on Competitor.com by Matt Fitzgerald about how Haile Gebreselassie might have been over 40 when he set the marathon world record of 2:03:59?
An admission, or the discovery of real proof, that Gebrselassie was over 40 when he set his existing marathon world record would require us to explain how it is possible for a 40-year-old man to run 26.2 miles faster than any younger man ever has….
In reality, getting older only makes you stronger until it makes you weaker. Every runner starts to slow down eventually. But perhaps Haile Gebrselassie is living proof that most runners start to slow down almost voluntarily, for psychological reasons, before they have to slow down for physical ones. Perhaps in most runners the hunger weakens before the muscles do. Maybe they start to slow down when they do because they expect to.
Which brings up the fact that Rocky Raccoon is 3 days after my 40th birthday. So you should sign up to run either the 50 or the 100 and come celebrate with me. Eliot is arranging a surprise party for me afterwards. Texas is lovely in February.
Running log: 40 (whole freakin’) minutes!
Food log: (this will not include nutrition taken in during workouts) (and, of course, I didn’t take any in to fuel my 40 minute ultra) (and, of course, of course, this is not prescriptive. I keep this log to help myself stay away from tortilla chips and diet soda) (okay, so I drank 2 diet sodas today)(yes, I know it’s not good for my bones, I’m working on it)(Sheesh!)