Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Oh, I'm getting excited! Just looked up the weather for St Petersburg on Sunday when I run my third half marathon. Wonder if this time the predicted weather will happen!!?! It says 0% chance of rain. Good. However, I have run wet in "0% chance of rain" before, so I know to take it with a grain of salt. The high predicted is 69 degrees. A cold front is predicted on Saturday, bringing the temps down. The low predicted is 57 degrees. Sounds great for running. About the only negative I see predicted is 18 mph winds. I'll probably need a garbage bag or something like it to be a disposable windbreaker. Will be a bit chilly before we start.
I've begun to pack. I'm taking a sleeping bag and hope the floor and I agree. May have extra stretching and warm up issues. We'll see. I want to take fruit and am thinking about other portable foods (cereal, powdered milk, protein powder) that will go well before the HM. Last time I ate too many power bars, but one would probably be fine. I know my group is planning to eat at the Columbia Restaurant the night before the half. I'm trying to decide if the salad (I think it's called the 1860 Salad) is too salty to eat before. Maybe I can get it with plain olive oil and vinegar. I will make sure to drink plenty of water the day before.
So this is another taper week. I ran yesterday. Will probably run tomorrow, too, and then walk and do some low impact aerobics the rest of the week . On Saturday we'll be at the expo, getting our number and not doing anything too strenuous. The group did talk about going to the beach to walk. I doubt if it will be warm enough to swim, but I'll take my bathing suit just in case.
I enjoyed the bag from the St Pete Women's Half last year and used it for a gym bag for months. It's starting to come apart, so I'm hoping for another really nice one. The tech shirt from last year is one of the best fitting and most comfortable I have. I suspect that's because it is made for a woman.
The best part is getting to reconnect with ONEKIDSMOM. I'll also meet some new people on Team Ladybug! I've got a ride picking me up at noon on Saturday. This is going to be fun!!