!!!!!! Race day is almost here! I’ve been trying to be calm all week and not think or talk about it too much. But I’m pretty much bursting with excitement. Eighteen weeks of training and two years of planning have led me here, and now there are only three days left.
In the spirit of trying not to think about the race too much, I’ll keep this brief. I’m feeling very positive while also knowing that I have a big challenge ahead of me. I’m ready to give it my best try!
Here are some fun stats from training for all my fellow running nerds–probably all of us? And a brief description of my race strategy, again to try to not overthink it.
The race starts at 9 a.m., so please send positive thoughts my way! It’s a very small race, and results may take up to 24 hours to post. I’ll be posting on Instagram after the race, assuming I can still function! And I’ll do a final training post on Monday, with the race recap to follow.
Thanks for all of your support and encouragement throughout this whole training cycle. It means a lot to me!
- Weeks training: 18
- Total training miles to date: 577.78
- Estimated total miles after the race: 605.7
- Number of runs to date: 103
- Number of runs on a treadmill: 0
- Total time running to date: 121 hours
- Number of runs skipped: 1
- Longest weekday run: 13.1
- Longest run: 16
- States I’ve run in: 5 (Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana)
- Number of shoes gone through: 3 (rotated 2 pair throughout training and race-day pair has about 50 miles)
- Number of half marathons used as training runs: 3
- Number of bee stings while running: 1
- Number of chafe burns: 20?
- Number of chafe burns after realizing that Body Glide works better than Body Glide for Her: 0
- Amount of sweat shed: Seems like 300 pounds
- Pounds of weight gained: Also seems like 300!
- Amount of tears shed: Seems like 10 pounds, all in my peak weeks!
- Number of times I said, “I’m so tired!”: 1,000
- How I feel about to run my first marathon: Beyond numbers, beyond words, just all the feels
My strategy for race day is pretty much exactly what it’s been for the half marathons I’ve done while training and most of my long runs: Ease into my race pace over the first few miles, hold steady from miles 3-20, get ready to work hard at mile 20, and then full speed ahead the last two miles. Easy, right? 😉 Because my race course has a slight incline in the first half and a slight downgrade in the second half, I’ll make adjustments based on effort, and Melissa has given me a good range of pace options based on a few possible scenarios.
My fueling and hydration will be exactly as I’ve practiced: juice mixed with spirulina powder and a salt stick 15 minutes before running, a few sips of water every 15 minutes, and Clif gel and salt stick after 30 minutes and then every 45 minutes.
The forecast is partly sunny with 48 at the start and 58 when I finish. I’ll be wearing lighter weight Lululemon Speed Tights with mesh in the back legs, a tank top, a lightweight longsleeve that I’ll take off if I get too hot, and a cap.
- Try my hardest to hit my time goal.
- Whatever happens during the race and whatever the clock says, be proud of myself.