Monday, March 12, 2012
Pre-race jitters have already hit big time. I think they are worse than they were for my first marathon. Back then I only had one goal - to finish. I had a vague time goal of 4:45 but I felt good the whole race and finished in 4:38. I never did any real training other than long runs -- other than that I just made sure I ran at a leisurely pace 2-3 more times per week. That was pretty much my training plan for all the marathons I've done, although the two I crashed and burned on (Shamrock 2010 and Marine Corps 2011) I may have only gotten 1-2 other runs in per week... and not done any 20 mile training runs.... and maybe I was pregnant for one of them.
But this time around I've trained my tush off. I started at 30 miles per week in December and built up to 60 right before the taper. I actually did the 800 repeats every week, adding one each session for 2 months I weight trained. I cross trained. I did my 20 and 22 mile training runs. I want to do well on this race.
Weather report is not looking too promising. After so many training runs in frigid winter temperatures I was hoping for a high of 55 or so. Forecast is saying 70-75. Too hot, especially this early in March. My is unacclimated body will hopefully do alright.
A marathon is scary if you've trained this hard for it. Because if you bonk, you bonk. And it's not like a 5K where you can just race again the next weekend. Once this race is over, I've got to switch gears and really focus on the Ironman. Which means I probably won't be doing another marathon until I've recovered from that event -- late late fall if not early winter.