T-minus 2 weeks and counting
I’m 2 weeks out from the marathon, and my long runs are pretty much done at this point, thank god. I ran about seven miles yesterday in warm weather and I now have a new fear to add to my ever-growing list of race worries, that instead of the cool overcast temperatures I’ve been training in since last fall, it will be a beautiful sunny day and I will . . . well, I will DIE, that’s all there is to it. Because holy heatstroke, this cold-weather runner isn’t used to anything above 60 degrees. I was pretty miserable yesterday and had to take a few walk breaks just to guzzle water and mop the sweat from my face.
It feels late in the game to re-think clothing for the marathon, but I’m wondering if I should plan to switch to shorts if it seems like it will be warm. I’ve done all of my long runs in compression tights, and I have this belief—which may or may not be unfounded—that whatever I might gain in terms of coolness, I’ll lose in knee/hip stability. Plus, I’m just used to running in tights, I don’t know what kinds of chafing issues or other annoyances might crop up in shorts. I do know shorts make my fuel belt slip around, which drives me nuts.
On the other hand, I really don’t want to overheat out there. If I’m going to keel over on the route, I sure don’t want it to be because I wore the wrong damn clothes.
I do plan on carrying a fuel belt with water. I could rely on the water stations, but I’d rather be able to drink when I want. I figure if I have the desire towards the end, I’ll ditch it on the side of the road and finish the last few miles unfettered.
I’ll have gels and food with me, probably some Shot Blox and maybe some mini Snickers too. I think I’ll try and fuel up every hour. No sports drinks, I hate how they taste and they tend to unsettle my stomach.
I normally run with a hat but I’m thinking of a visor or something instead, again to address the potential overheating factor.
I’ll have an iPod loaded with an audiobook for the first 3/4 or so (I’m thinking Born to Run), a supercharged playlist for when I turn it over to music.
A hankie. I will definitely have one of those, because oh god with the nonstop running nose during long runs.
Oh, and my Garmin, my Brooks Adrenaline shoes, the new running socks I just bought, and my phone.
The night before my husband and I are staying in a hotel while his folks watch the kids, so I have an unusually good shot at a decent night’s sleep. Lots of good-carb foods the day before, no crazy high-fat or super-fiber meals, and my usual pre-run breakfast: bagel, peanut butter, and coffee. Banana or similar right before start time, hope against hope all bathroom issues are taken care of, and look forward to seeing my family somewhere out on the course. Hopefully before Mile 20, after which I may start frightening the children.
So . . . tell me, fellow runners: am I forgetting anything? Those who have run a marathon before, is there anything that would have made your first race better? Other than, well, “more training”?