Friday, October 11, 2013
Marathon Training Update: THIS IS IT
18 weeks of training, 402.5 miles run, $247 in new training gear (shoes, shirts, hats, etc), 49 days of 5:00 am runs, a $73 registration fee, and 5 massages for sports-related injuries has all brought us to this... the City of Trees Marathon—26.2 miles! I'M SO EXCITED!
In the beginning of this training, I estimated that we would run 470 miles over the 18-week training period, but I came short and ended up running 402.5 miles (my mom ran 510 miles). Due to vacations, injuries, and days when I just didn't feel like running, I'm totally OK with that number. When we cross the finish line Sunday, none of it will matter anyway.
If you're interested to see the break down for what I had originally planned to run over the 18-weeks (adapted from this Hal Higdon training schedule) versus what I actually ran, check this out:
Not only did my calf strain throw me for a loop, but those days when I just "didn't feel like running" really added up. My mom was a rockstar, though, hammering out 510 miles over the training period compared to my 402.5. I don't know how she does it—I had 2 injuries over the 18-weeks and she didn't have a single one! Mom, you are awesome.
As far as the actual race goes, we hit the pavement Sunday morning at 8:00 am sharp, and should finish anytime around 12:00 pm. 4 hours of awesomeness. I actually have no idea when we will finish... I've never run a marathon, so I'm not sure what our race pace will be, though we're reaching for 9:30 or 10:00-minute miles. We don't really care about our pace, we just want to finish.
Here's the City of Trees Marathon course & elevation profile:
Compared to most marathons out there, this is really mild. And thank goodness—that's half the reason we chose it for our first one.
Anyway, I can't believe Sunday is the day. FINALLY! We've got our matching outfits ready (can you guess what we're wearing?), we will be carb-loading tomorrow with spaghetti, and I plan on trying to relax as much as possible to keep my tummy and nerves calm. I'll see you back on Monday for photos and stories from the marathon, and if you don't want to wait that long, you can also check in with us on Instagram. We will be sharing race photos all weekend.
OK Mom... this is it! LET'S DO IT!
// MORE SAUCE