October 7, 2011
Marathon in 2 days!
I've been pretty quiet lately, not for lack of things going on or things I want to talk about, but because it's been pretty busy around here. The marathon is on Sunday and I'm trying to get my last minute stuff done. I'm done running until Sunday. I'm still pretty nervous about my lack of training and preparation. I could have done a lot more, but I didn't. I think I'll be ok because I'm not going out there to run a fast race, or to even run the entire thing straight through. That I'm not ready for. I'm sure I've talked about this before, but I have a plan. Tonight I have to work (not a good move on my part) and then tomorrow morning I'll come home and go right to bed. Husband's parents will be down early and Husband will go do our mandatory volunteer work at the kids games from 9a -11a. Then he'll come home, and we're leaving at noon. We're heading straight for the expo to get my participant pack, bib and timing device and from there we'll check into our hotel. Depending on how things go, we may meet up with a cousin of mine, but his wife is expecting and due any day and pretty uncomfortable so we're going to just see how she feels. Plus, really, I need to rest as much as I can. At the expo, I'm signing up with a pace team of 5:45 that runs 4miles/walks 1 mile. I've read that for your first marathon that you should run/walk and just take in the experience that is the marathon...and then go all in for your second. So that's my plan. I hope it works out for me. I have my pre- and post- race bags ready to go with my clothes for the race, with my name written in big block letters on the front, my energy gel, running shoes and socks, ipod playlist is ready to go and charged. Post race I have a change of clothes, sandals, baby wipes and a bottle of water. I'm ready as I can be. One concern I have is the weather. The usual temp is about 66 degrees, but the forcast is calling for mid to upper 70's. Fine for the morning, but because I'll be running into the afternoon a bit, that could be a little warm. But I'm pushing fluids now, making sure I'm well hydrated ahead of time. Plus I guess I ran the half marathon in warmer temps than that, I just wanted 60 degree temps. We'll see how it goes!