Thursday, January 5, 2012

to carry water or not?

I have a thousand questions about my upcoming marathon.  17 days from now.  Am I really about to run 26.2 miles?

Yes. I. Am.

I'm a little stressed because I strained my achilles during my 20-miler.  In doing a little reading tonight, I suspect it was the hills on my route.  I was going to run that same route for this weekends long run, but now I'm reconsidering.  I'm hoping with tapering and icing, my achilles won't be a problem on race day.

But, here's my first question.

Do I run with water or not?  I'm leaning towards not.

I don't really like running with a water belt.  I do it on my long training runs out of necessity.  I struggle to find my rhythm with the bulk around my waist.  Yes it is nice to be able to grab a swig of water whenever I want it, but I feel like it's a weight I don't want to carry while I attempt to cross the finish line

I've used a water belt in a few of my half marathons.  It seems a little more practical for that distance.  I'd still grab water from the aid stations if there wasn't a crowd, but I'd have my bottles for in between stations or if one was too busy.

I plan to take some walk breaks during the race, which are perfect for water stations.  I don't usually drink water until mile 4 or 5 and hopefully the stations won't be as crazy during then.  I'm not trying to qualify for Boston or anything, so even if they add a minute or two to my overall time, it's not the end of the world.

If you've run a full marathon, did you carry water with you? What was your experience?

More questions to come!