Well, people, we (ok maybe just me) can all breathe a sigh of relief right now. I’ve made it to the 2 weeks to go point with no injuries. Barring any “typical for me” accidents (fall off a curb or trip on my own shoes) in the next two weeks and looks like I’ll make it to the start healthy. Booyah.
My training has gone very well (in my probably inflated opinion of myself), maybe even better than other marathons I’ve trained for. I had another confidence boosting long run yesterday – 16 miles, 8:32 avg, miles 9-13 @ 8:15, 7:57, 7:53, 7:47. Considering the wicked humidity (summer’s last stand?), I’d say it was one of my best long runs to date.
I feel like some sort of running God is telling me, “I am handing you a fantastic marathon on a silver platter – take it and run with it!”
So, I think that is what I’m going to do. Not think about it, just run with it. Of course, I have to play my cards right to get said good marathon on noted silver platter.
To achieve such, I have come up with my RC approved strategy, which is extremely sophisticated and is as follows: you start the race with a tank of gas, I have to get over the Queensboro bridge (apprx mile 16) with half a tank of gas, and, I’ll do the math for you, I have a half of a tank of gas to spend on the last 10. This strategy is to ensure I don’t do a death march through the Bronx and 2nd half of Manhattan. My goal time is anywhere between 3:35 and 3:45.
I know…where has the type-A gone?! A fluffy tank of gas analogy as a race plan and a time goal that is a 10 min window? Have I been breathing too many nail polish fumes?!
In other news, I had my first suit experience of my young adult life and, Hilary, I feel your pain. The pant suit leaves much to be desired.
And, to end, two rather girly questions that don’t necessarily concern me, but are thinks I or my friends have thinked about and I want to see what everyone else thinks about these thinks.
1) The Period Issue: Mess up your race? Not make a difference?
2) The Race Weight Issue: Make a difference at the “commoner” level? Something to be concerned with? Doesn’t make a difference (ie maybe the mental game is more important unless you’re a professional)? Never weigh yourself like me so woudn’t know the difference?
TELL ME: THOUGHTS ON EITHER OF THE TWO ABOVE?