Did you know there’s actually some other poopy little marathon going on in New York this weekend? I KNOW. Stop stealing my thunder NYC! You think you’re better than me?
I jaunted downtown at lunch to pick up ye olde race packet; also picked up some fancy shmancy compression sleeves on sale at the expo. Woot! (No, I did not actually just say woot. Read on.)
Yeah so, this may just be the caffeine talking but I’m actually starting to feel just a teency weency bit excited about this thing instead of terrified.
I’m also happy to report I’m feeling exponentially better. I slept great last night and I’m hardly even congested today. The bad news is that I haven’t done jack squat all week. Not a pushup, not a run, not so much as a stroll out to the mailbox.
This could either mean that I’ll be super well-rested, or super stiff and off my game. Think I’ll be optimistic for once and go with the former.
As for tomorrow, the forecast looks about as good as I could hope for:
Which means it will be just about freezing when I take my mark at 8 a.m. BUT the forecast predicts winds of only about 6-9 mph, which I can totally tolerate. Cold? Not a problem — spent a lot of 7°F afternoons last winter in Eagle Creek with Kate, so I’m well prepared for that.
Pre-race dinner: Inspired by Miss Amypants, it’s gonna be pizza and vino. Having not consumed a single alcholic beverage in more than a week (that’s gotta be some kind of record for me), I am drooling at the thought of a glass of wine tonight.
Gear: Pearl Izumi tights, long sleeve shirt, and a light jacket. Throw-away gloves. Headband/ear warmer. Can’t decide on the neck warmer but I’m taking it with me just in case. I know I’ll feel like a gigantic pansy if I’m wearing my neck warmer and I see dudes in shorts. But oh well, they can suck it.
Bedtime: 9:30 at the latest. And you better know I’ll be popping a couple of nighttime Tylenols to avoid laying awake all night worrying about whether or not my favorite sports bra is clean or if I accidentally set my alarm for 6 p.m.
Goals: Goal A is 5 hours, or sub-five to be precise; goal B is 5:45; goal C is just to finish before the sweepers come out. On a good day, I can run 10:00 – 10:30 miles for ever and ever, so that’s what I’m hoping will happen tomorrow. but I just really don’t know what to expect. I could totally kick ass, or it could be rough. But no matter what, I PR. And if I tank, it just means it’ll be that much easier to PR again next time.
As for the course, you couldn’t ask for flatter terrain.
I think that’s one of the main reasons this race has grown so much in only it’s third year– everybody’s all about that flat.
It may not draw as many world-class professional athletes and celebrities, or offer more than $600,000 in prize money, and no I won’t have two million spectators cheering for me, but at least I don’t risk getting peed on.