Thursday, October 27, 2016
I have trained hard, ran higher mileage than I ever imagined I could, willed my legs to go when they felt tired, and learned to dig deep when I wanted to give up. I feel like I can do this...
The one element that will will make me struggle will be heat and humidity. I am praying I don't have to battle that race day! If it is hot my training says, "Good luck getting it done in five hours!"
For all my heat training this summer, I never improved pace wise, or "acclimated" to it. Survival is the name of the game when the dew point is high.
I can't help but think about how long this will take me! 20 miles felt long. LOL
Based on my training so far, I am very fearful I will need a few extra little walk breaks and a restroom stop. I hate the thought of losing precious minutes on the course, but I am trying to prepare myself... I have no idea how my feet will react to that last hour.
So what is realistic?
My training says, 4:50 is a realistic goal. Really 4:48 to be more specific. I really hope to hold each mile right under an 11 min. pace by a few seconds.
That is very weather dependent, my heat pace will be slower ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What will a fantastic day look like? You know, the dream day, where everything just flows...
Anything under 4:40, it would take perfect weather and minimal foot pain...but I can dream right!
It is so much more fun to dream about running strong and feeling happy LOL
Race start is 7:45 a.m. and a zillion waves. I will be running all. dang. day. Literally! Like at 12:00 p.m. in the afternoon when you're eating your lunch, I will be sweating balls...thinking when the heck will this be over!
I just have a million questions floating around in my head.
Should I carry my own hydration pack? What fuel? Sport beans, Honey Stinger chews, Cliff Bar...how much? Should I wear a pace bracelet so I know if I am on track? Should I make a vow to not look at my watch at all?
What socks? I think I will go with a visor, and tons of body glide of course...should I drink coffee pre-race??
I have a zillion thoughts on what to wear but, none of that matters till I can see what the weather will be like.
Words to describe my current state: Nervous. Cold feet. Unsettled. Excited. Tired. LOL I am all over the place.
I will be on vacation the week before the race. I will probably be doing too much tapering lol As I started thinking about a week with extra eats and drinks I got super nervous. I get home on Wednesday, work Thursday and Friday, and the race is on Saturday. I will be coming back from a time change, but I think it is just an hour... is this going to be stressful?? I hope not. Please tell me it'll be okay.
Race morning I am hoping I can get my hubby to drop me off, so I don't have to drive and park. He will have plenty of time to go back home, eat, nap, relax, before he has to pick me up, right.
I keep telling myself to suck it up and meet whatever challenges come my way. I keep repeating this to myself over and over... LOL
I am really scared. I hope I don't let race day nerves get to me, I want to enjoy this! Trying to work on mantras as I type this...❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
How many times have you had a time expectation that got blown out the water - good or bad?
Do pit stops in races make you feel irritated with yourself?
Did you have a goal for your first marathon?