Marathon week is here! I’m anxious for it, but I’m not overly excited. I think I’m a good level of excited. I ran 2 miles three times this week and they all felt like I was flying after I was warmed up. My taper has been a bit unorthodox – well, at least I got way off my training schedule. I was sick for a week so no running and no 12 miler. Then the next week I did 3, 4, 3 instead or 4, 6, 3 – with 8 miles on Saturday, which felt great. And this week was 2, 2, 2, instead 3, 4, 2. I hope I’m not losing fitness or undertraining myself too badly. I’m actually secretly hoping for a huge blast of energy like I’ve never had before and I’ll finish way faster than I’ve been anticipating. But I won’t rush out too soon.
Ok race plan. It’s great, I’ve got Steph and Joe both following the race course with sustenance :) And Mary will be on her bike following Kristi and I’ve got my mom and aunt jane at the finish with Lucia. Lots o’friends for cheering! So I’m going to hold myself back at the beginning of the race – this is typical race strategy of course, but I have to be thinking about it or I’ll go too fast and bonk at 20. No bonking or hitting any walls, I hope, for this run.
I’m going to run the first 7 miles starting with the Clif Shot blok (gummy and VEGAN! fruit snack thing) just stick in my cheek and suck on it. Then at mile 7 I’ll get a banana from Joe. I’ll run from mile 7 to mile 11 or 12 along the freeway (closed!) and get another banana from Joe. In between I’ll have another fruit snack if I need it. And I may not want the second banana depending on my stomach. I’ll then run from mile 12 to 17 where Steph and Joe might be able to get me another snack. If not then I’ll have another fruit snack or two and there will be a powergel table at 17.6 (also VEGAN!) I’ll play it by ear but I’m pretty sure that I’ll be sucking on fruit snacks for the remaining 8 miles of the run – everybody has to get to the finish line in time so no more sideline snacks. I really hope all the snacks are nice to my stomach. Oh yeah and I’ll be drinking a full cup of water every aid station about every 1.5 miles. Hope that’ll be enough.
Ok checklist for my aid people – I’ll have them bring 3 bananas, a bottle of water to give to me to carry in case I feel like I need water more often, a bottle of powerade incase I need liquid energy if the fruit snacks are unkind to my intestines – I’ll be carrying my fruit snacks and an extra battery to go along with my mp3 player. That should do it. I’ll wear a long sleeve over my wicking shirt that I can hand off to Joe at milr 4 or 7 whenever I’m warmed up. This starts at 6:30am.
I’m hoping for 5 hours. Maybe. Probably 5 1/2, possibly 6 or 6.5, we’ll see! Wish me luck