Well, friends, I’m starting to accept the fact that I may be in for a rainy marathon experience. The forecast continues to call for thunderstorms on Saturday, and a 70% chance of rain on Sunday. Here are my race day plans… or, more accurately, my race day indecisiveness:
Gear: It’s certainly better than the hot and humid races for my ten miler and half marathon this fall, but I am not a fan of the rain or wind. I’m debating between capris and shorts, with a tank top and a long-sleeved top. Nothing fancy, I’m going for comfort. Any tips for staying as dry and comfortable as possible?
Water: I may or may not wear a fuel belt for water. I know it won’t get me too far, and I don’t like feeling weighted down by the belt. But I am concerned about getting enough water from fuel stations alone. Maybe my husband could hand me a disposable bottle at the half way point? Thoughts?
Fuel: For my long runs, I’ve been using Honey Stinger chews, taking 2-3 every 3-4 miles and that was fine. I cannot stomach gels, so that’s not an option. For my first marathon, I packed homemade date-nut balls and it worked surprisingly well. I’ll take a few of those along as well. A few HS chews does not equal a 100 calorie gel.
Pace: This is a tough one. Mcmillan estimates a 3:30 based on my half marathon time. I think that pace is possible when I read back over my training log, but holding an 8:00 mile for 26.2 miles scares me.
I’ve mentioned before that I consistently run faster short distant races than the calculators predict, which also means that I run slower than the predicted pace for longer distances.
I have no problem being uncomfortable for 3.1 miles, but I would rather not be uncomfortable for 26.2. So the pace might not be realistic for me.
Here are my goals:
A Goal: 3:30
B Goal: 3:35
C Goal: sub 3:44
The A goal, of course, is what McMillan likes to think I can run. I want to believe him, but I also don’t want to crash and burn at the end. My B Goal would get me a Boston Qualifying time- that would be nice! And my C Goal is to beat my first marathon’s time of 3:44:xx almost two years ago. If all else fails, I’d really like to at least walk away with a pr!
Strategy: I’m planning to keep the first 2-3 miles around an 8:15 pace, and then settle into something as close to 8 minute miles as possible and hopefully stay consistent to the end.
My splits will be posting to Twitter in real time. I wasn’t intending to set that up, but it was one of the options while I was adding some phone numbers for text tracking, and I figured why not. If it’s a flop, you’re all going to hear about it anyway.
Okay, that’s it! Thanks for listening to all the marathon talk the last few months and for supporting me in this goal… the end is in sight at last.
I’m linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday. And please chip in with your hydration, fueling, rainy day gear or pacing advice!