Final few days before marathon

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oh boy. Here we go. I have one more run (an easy three miler) today, then my first marathon on Sunday. I have done pretty much everything my plan called for, plus many a trip to the chiropractor to try to help my tight right hip/tight and sometimes painful left hamstring issue - and the occasional flare-up of my SI joint. It seems to have mostly helped. Hip is great, hamstring is, well, there. Not painful, just noticeable.

Anyway, I am still not set on a race strategy. All of the apps and calculators put me as capable of running anywhere from a 4:02:30 (holy crap! don't want to work that hard!) to a 4:18:11 (do-able maybe?) based on my recent bests in half marathon and 10-mile races. Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway tell me to add 10-30 minutes to the predictors so that I enjoy myself during the race, and that has been my plan for most of the way. The idea is that I focus on finishing this time, and then next time will be a certain PR as well.

Well, I am not sure I am remotely interested in a next time. I have enjoyed the structure of training, but it is hard to get the miles in. I am looking forward to getting back into half-marathon training mode, and maybe working on improving my 10-mile time as well.

If I only do this once, I really want to do my very best. I am running in memory of my nephew, and I want to do him proud. My sister has to work so hard just to get out of bed, so running 26.2 is a small feat compared to what she faces every day.

I also don't want to crash and burn and not finish.

So I waffle on about how to pace - while checking the weather reports. I am hoping for about a 20 degree drop in temperature (63 is the expected high), and no rain (50% chance right now). Overcast would be nice.

Ack! Prayers appreciated!
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