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Just a Little Kid Before Christmas

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just checked the latest on the weather for my first half marathon and the predicted weather has gone down a couple degrees. We are now expected to have a low of 57 degrees and high of 67 degrees on Sunday the 18th. The wind is predicted to be 9 miles per hour with a 20% chance of rain. So, overall that sounds pretty good. Will have to keep checking for further changes in the forecast.

The event (I'm not calling it a race) is scheduled to start at 7am. Barb and I are in corral number 4, so we'll probably start a few minutes after that. We signed up to aim to finish in 2 hours and 45 minutes. There will be a pacer, someone going at that rate who will hold up a sign, so we know whether we are on pace, ahead or behind. I understand the race course is pretty flat, although around mile 11 there is an incline as we run into Tropicana Field to run around the stadium.(Cool, huh??) Part of the course goes right beside the waters of Tampa Bay, so that should be scenic as well.

I've printed out the liability form I need to take with me. I'm not going to forget it, but must admit that would not be out of character. I often stress unnecessarily about minor things like that. I'm starting to get things together to pack and think about a couple things I need to buy, like food to take. I've purchased my "during the race" Gu Chews already. Not sure if I'll take the Gu gel offered by the race. I should have tried it during a training run, but forgot. I know the Gu Chews sit well on my stomach, but probably wouldn't have any trouble with the gel either.

I'm feeling strong and healthy. Ran a solid two easy miles this morning and walked 1.5 miles for warm up and cool down. Plan to run short on Thursday as well and then walk Friday and rest Saturday.

There are 2 other people from my Galloway group running this half marathon, but they are both much younger and faster than I am. There is a person from my Sunday morning bike group who is going, but she's only been training for 3 weeks, so I expect her to walk most of it.

I'm really thrilled to have Barb running with me, AND two other SparkFriends (Monty, is it okay to call you out??) may show up to cheer us on. Sure hope they do!! It is so great to meet SparkFriends "for real"!!!

I've never before spent 5 and a half months training for an event, and now it is almost here. I'm kind of acting like a little kid before Christmas, but truly, this is really exciting to me!!
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    SO excited for you!

    2528 days ago
  • _LINDA
    How about that, you are getting the ideal running temperature for your first marathon. Sounds to me like things are all coming together!! I can feel your excitement all the way up here in frozen tundra land ;)
    2529 days ago
    So great to be so excited!! And of course you are: a lot of training and discipline has gone into your preparation, and now you get to show your stuff!!
    2530 days ago
    Your enthusiasm is contagious! I have my waiver all printed off and filled out, and now am in the final packing stages. Think of me over the next three days as I get closer to your neck of the woods. I will be either a coiled spring from being stuck in a car for three days or a decrepit crazy woman!

    I'm hoping for that coiled spring effect.

    As for those couple of degrees? I LAUGH at your lower 60's. When the low here is 27, 57 sounds terrific to me. In fact, it is close to what I've heard is the ideal running temperature. 50, I believe is what they said. 57 should be great for run-walk-run.

    I am psyched, too... told everyone at work that I was running away from home. Some of them even got the pun embedded there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2530 days ago
    You've earned this excitement and anticipation! Enjoy it! You are ready; have a wonderful time! emoticon
    2530 days ago
    emoticon Good luck!
    2530 days ago
    I am so excited for you! And just so darn happy to hear that you are feeling good and in shape.
    Woo hoo! I know you will just do great!
    2530 days ago
    Congratulations on training and getting this far! In my opinion, you are already a winner! Good luck on Sunday!
    2530 days ago
    I ran this one last year. Great route.... and fun race!
    You will do fantastic!!
    My advice - stick with the chews for the race!

    I am looking forward to reading your first HM race report! WooHoo!
    2530 days ago
    I am so excited. Take in all the atmosphere - and have fun!
    2530 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    It won't be the first time I'm called out!
    DSSECRETS comes home from Lincoln, NE tomorrow night. Depending on how her staff responded while she was gone will determine whether one or both of us will show up! I'll have a ball no matter what. I might lace them up and crawl to different spots on the course. Gotta do a lil' exercise on that Achilles!
    True confession time...I trained for about 2 months max for my first Half in February. It was 35 degrees when we woke up the day of the race, and 43 when we left our race corral. You'll be fine. Oh, and I prefer Power Bar Lemon Energy Blasts over Gels!
    2530 days ago
    Congratulations on all your hard work! I'm not a runner, so don't have much advice to offer - but you do have my admiration! emoticon
    2530 days ago
    emoticon Have an awesome time!
    2530 days ago
    Good luck and have a great time!
    2530 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Oh, Marsha, I may not be there in body but I will in spirit! I think I am almost as excited as you! GO! girl! You are my inspiration! May God Bless you in this "event"! emoticon
    2530 days ago
    2530 days ago
    You will be over in my neck of the woods! I am up the road a bit in Dunedin. Sounds like your are ready for the marathon. Will look it up, doubt that I wil be out to witness it tho. Good luck and have a good time with it. emoticon
    2530 days ago
    The Gu gel might sit okay but you may not like the texture. I'd stick with the chews since that is what you can take a gel to try with you at another time.
    emoticon emoticon Sounds like it will be fabulous weather!!
    2530 days ago
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