I don’t even know where to start! I am 2 day 23 hours and 37 minutes from running the Nike Women’s Marathon and more pumped than ever! I’m all packed, now all I have to do is put in one full work day and then I’m California bound. Not too shabby. I also got in a 6 mile run this morning. Great weather I must say. It was cool, breezy and of course a little humid but overall I can’t really complain.
I needed that run more to calm my nerves than anything else. It gave me a chance to give myself a little pep talk. Mainly I reminded myself that this is not my first rodeo. I know what it’s like to finish a marathon and I know what it takes to finish. I’ve had a solid training program and I completed every run without fail. I’ve done the work. The hard part is over. The marathon is just the icing on the cake of the training, not to be confused with the icing on the cake of running which is speed. I have a plan (you know, without a plan you plan to fail) for my running and for my nutrition. I’ve tested both of them to make sure my body can handle it so that I can eliminate any surprises.
The plan is simple and goes a little something like this:
Running: heart rate starts off about 145 for each mile and then by the end of the mile snug up to 155 and then walk one minute after a mile is completed. Rinse and repeat. I’ll by running by heart rate during this marathon rather than by pace. That’s how I’ve trained this whole time and every run it’s proven to work for me. I think I’ll have a nice strong finish with this plan.
Nutrition: Breakfast two hours before peanut butter toast. 30 minutes before the race a gu and salt tablets. (I switched over to salt tablets a couple of weeks ago because the Gatorade was sitting to sugary heavy on my stomach. Plus I can control what I intake rather than what is being handed out at the race for electrolytes). After that, every 3 miles a Gu and every 6 miles salt tablets. Thanks to my handy dandy Spi Belt I won a couple of weeks back I can sufficiently carry the right amount of Gu’s plus I can pack a few little necessity that aren’t bulky by any means.
You know Imodium, peppermints (great to settle stomach) and of course some money to take the train/subway that everyone calls Bart so I can get back to the hotel.
I’ve also packed so that I have to check a bag at the airport but all my marathon essentials I’m carrying on plus an extra outfit just in case my luggage does get lost. I’ve also got all my confirmations printed and packed in my carry on. I’ve tried to eliminate as many “uh-ohs” as possible.
So all that’s left at this point is to have fun! So until Monday, Cheers!!