Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let the carb loading begin!

The countdown has truly begun.  My marathon is this weekend!  I'm done with work for the week and can truly focus on my preparations.

This past Sunday I had a strong 8 mile run.  I ran a different course than the week before with less hills and my pace was much better.  My achilles did bother me some, but it was much more bearable and recovered quickly.

Last week I checked out the race website to get some of the details for race day.  When I signed up for the race all I only paid attention to the date, location and cost.  What I failed to pay attention to was the start time of the race.

6AM!  My race begins at 6am.  The half doesn't start until 7:30am, which means I probably won't even see the one person I know doing the race.  (Although I met another mother runner on Twitter who is racing the marathon too and we may try to meet that morning).  That is EARLY friends.  I thought 7am at the earliest, or 8am.

Maybe it's a good thing I didn't know it started at 6am.  Otherwise I would have been stressing over it for longer than a week.

I never sleep well the night before a race anyways, so getting up at 4am is really not that big of a deal.  It will take me about 30 minutes to drive to the location.  I think I'm going to sleep in my running clothes to make one less step in the morning.  Changing my clothes always makes me extra cold anyways.  This way I can just add a few layers and be ready to go.

Speaking of running clothes...I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to wear.  My preferred running attire is Nike Tempo Shorts and a black tank top I bought this summer at Costco.  But most likely it's going to below 40 degrees at the start and perhaps rising to the 60's.  And it might rain or sprinkle a bit.  So I think shorts and a tank are out, even with layers to shed.  I'm leaning towards capri's and a tshirt.  Maybe the tank under in case I warm up a lot?  The whole clothing/rain/cold weather is stressing me more than the early start. I picked up a thrifted throw away jacket and my sisters are checking their closets for a pair of sweats to wear while I wait at the start.

These are the things I mull over all day long right now!

Overall, I am super excited and just ready to run! I feel prepared.  I may not be as fast as I'd like but I am confident that I will be proud of my race.  For me, taper madness hasn't been as much about not running a lot of miles but about WANTING to run the race.

I ran a fast 5k this morning, under 30 minutes.  I wanted to run outside to get a feel for the weather.  Most of my early runs have been on the treadmill because I have to be done by 6:45am and I don't run in the dark.  I started running at 6:15am just as the sun was coming up.  It was chilly to start but I warmed up pretty quickly and wasn't too uncomfortable.  By the time I finished at 6:45am it was a little warmer and I had even broken a sweat.

Tomorrow I will rest and stretch and then one last easy run on Friday morning.

Let's do this thing!!