-weather, weather, weather!!  current forecast says 56 high, 39 low…which is very positive. 40s / 50s seems optimal for me.  particularly tough when you’re traveling for a marathon and you don’t have much experience packing several outfits dependent on what the weather will be like.

-i need to finalize my meal plan for last week leading into marathon. particularly 3 days out when carbo loading will begin, especially since i will be flying to sacramento on friday afternoon, i need to make sure i know how/whe/where i will be getting my carbs in.  trying to minimize the inevitable surprises that will come up and be as prepared as i can be…

-creating my custom pace band. picked one up from fellow runner’s world friend, greg maclin, who created these custom pace bands per marathon, taking into consideration race specific conditions such as elevation, head winds, etc.  pretty cool stuff, check it out here.

-staying sane…how will i keep it together the days prior to the race so i can ensure i’m well rested, physically/mentally prepared and ready to go.  think with this particular time around, i just have even more riding on it (and more to lose), since i committed 18 weeks of hard training to this sub-3 goal…guess i’m a bit nervous that i may be derailed by something out of my control (or god forbid w/in my control).

-making sure i pack everything for my trip.  this is such an exciting time and it really is one of the most enjoyable ways to travel, in my humble opinion.  with it, however, comes the requirement to making sure you don’t forget anything critical.

-what is my race outfit going to be.  disturbs me a bit that i haven’t locked this down yet…am i going to wear a beanie/hat? dry-fit t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, singlet?  i think i know that it’s going to go something along these lines:

  • (if forecast expecting no rain and warmer than usual) singlet, shorts, sunglasses…
  • (cold, but not ridiculously cold?) throw away sweater for first couple of miles, singlet, arm sleeves, shorts, sunglasses…
  • (cold) throw away sweater for first couple of miles, singlet, arm sleeves, gloves, shorts, sunglasses…
  • (super cold) throw away sweater for first couple of miles, dry-fit t-shirt, arm sleeves, gloves, shorts, compression socks, sunglasses

i’ve also been spending a bit of time each day reflecting on all of the hard runs, tune up races, LT runs, etc…and how i’ve come a long way in this training program.  my breakthrough moment during this cycle really had to be the 20k i ran up in barber’s point when i really let loose and truly felt the endurance gains i made from increased weekly mileage. i think i placed 5th overall and won my AG for the first time…and at that moment i felt like i was on to something.

 

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