Friday, October 28, 2011
Wow, it's almost here! I can't beleive that the event I've trained for nearly all year is finally here. I've been doing some easy runs this week, and lots of walking. Trying to keep active while still giving those hamstrings a little relief. So far, so good. Everything feels good, the weather is nice and cool (it's going to be CHILLY this weekend!), and the stars are lining up!
Today I pack. I've got my whole outfit picked out, definitely stuff I've test-driven. The one thing I have decided to change is that I'm not planning to wear my fuel belt. I know, I've trained with it, but let's face it.. how can you really train to get water at the water stations unless you have actually laid out little dixie cups every 2 miles of your training run?! I did run a few long runs where we were lucky enough to get some cool weather, and I did not sweat buckets, nor did I hoover through the water the way I normally do. I think I'm good to just do the water stops, especially with the cooler weather.
Fuel is an interesting logistical issue, however. I'm wearing a short-sleeve t, capris, and a skirt over those. SkirtSports has really got an edge on the market with their leg pockets... unfortunately, that's not what I'm wearing! So, I've done a test run/walk of my fuel stashing, and I think I'm good. Honey Stinger gels in the "trunk" (booty pocket on the capries.. you know what I'm talking about), and a Stinger waffle shoved into each side of my sports bra! Chapstick in cleavage alley, and I'm ready to roll! I took all of the packages and trimmed off the pointy corners to make sure I don't get any unpleasant pokes. They do have fuel on the course, but I'm not crazy about all of it, and the first one is after MILE 9 (I know, seriously?!). So I have enough to get me through the stops I don't care for, and will take advantage of the on-course fuel that I do like.
I've also taken a tip from some Mother Runners on arm warmers. For long runs in cool weather, I've really grown to love my arm warmers, but I don't want to carry them once I warm up. I bought some cute knee socks at Target for about $2.50 a pair. Cut off the toes, and ta-da.. arm warms that I don't mind throwing away when I warm up! Bonus... I bought a few extra pairs just to have some extra (and cute) arm warmers this fall.. these work like a champ!
My post-race bag has my running jacket, gloves, wipes, and a Buff that I can put on over my headband to keep my ears warm. I'm sure that once I stop running, I'm going to realize just how chilly it is!
I'm also planning to do the ice bath and a nice warm shower after we get back to the hotel, and a little light sightseeing (lightseeing?) to keep moving.
The plan is laid. The stuff is packed. In the immortal words of SpongeBob Squarepants, "I'M READY!"