It’s here. The Marathon is finally here. I’ve been training since January and the race is tomorrow!
I just went to the Expo with my mom and got my number bib and t-shirt. The t-shirt is awesome this year. I’ll share pics of me in it later once it’s washed, otherwise I gets itchy – itch itch. We got tons of free samples – even though I know you’re not supposed to eat new things before the race, but hey, these were organic and vegan, stuff like juice and vitamin water, I think I’ll be fine — But I was amazed at the amount of vegan faire on the sample tables this year! Very nice! Athletes are really switching to soy as a cleaner fuel than dairy :) Woo! We got a granola sample then spied the Silk soymilk table and went over to pour some over the granola. Yum.
Also at the Expo we saw Dean Karnazes speak!! For those of you unfamiliar, he’s the UltraMarathon Man. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Phew. And get this: He lives in San Francisco and ran down the coast to San Diego to speak at the Expo! He joked that he was too cheap to pay for gas and he didn’t have a car anyway. Ha. He was very down to earth and really motivating. Makes me want to run somewhere instead of drive. It’s all very romantic… in the older sense of the word. The “how ideal but slightly nonsense” sense… I’m reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and just finished Emma by Jane Austen… Forgive the archaic speech.
Anyway, I’m excited and a little nervous for the run! I went on a little 2 mile jaunt this morning to shake up the legs a bit and stretch and i felt really strong. Here’s my plan: I’m going to run 14 miles at a 12 – 12:15 minute per mile pace. Then I’m going to start ramping it up slowly so that by the end I will hopefully get my average time down to 10:30 minutes per mile. This may be wishful thinking. Hehe. We’ll see. My big goal is to finish in less than 5 hours, ideally 4 1/2 hours (fingers crossed). But hell, I’ll be happy to finish at all :) If I got any at the end, I’m giving it all. So there!
Wish me luck and I promise lots of pictures and more about my adventures in San Diego :)
Eat. Knit. RUN. BLOG.