The marathon is a month from today, and after I started looking through the handbook, my nerves and excitement kicked in. Which made me think more about race day, the course, what I'm going to wear, how I'm going to feel, how I want to go in strong, how I don't want to fail.
For the past three nights, I've woken up around three, then I fall back to sleep around six-thirty, then get up at seven when Mike's alarm goes off. My stomach is bugging me, and my brain has been all consumed with race details, and Pez details.
I already know what I need to do with Pez, but here's what I need to figure out for the race:
1. The Course. I know the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, from the four years I worked in sales, when I drove, and walked all over these three boroughs. I know that the 59th Street Bridge is going to be a bitch, as well as the end of the race through hilly Central Park. My Dad has run NYC, and we talked about the hills, and how I'll be able to tackle them, because I've run up worse.
2. Nutrition. I had stomach issues that came to a head at mile 18 of the Rochester Marathon. I wrote it off as too much GU, and nerves, but then after my 18 miler last weekend, I had the same queasy feeling. After reading some of the handbook, and this article in the NY Times about marathon hydration, I think it's because I was drinking too much, and diluting the salt in my system. I usually have crusty salt on my face, and apparently a lack of salt causes stomach upset. Anyone use salt tabs? I'm considering downing salt water before my run this weekend, and see what it does for me, because I need to figure this out.
3. Schedule. Daylight savings time is race weekend, so I gain an hour of sleep. Which will end up being an extra hour of laying in bed staring at the ceiling. Luckily I'm staying at a friends apartment, so I don't have to worry about hotel reservations, and we'll have our car so Mike can drive me down to the ferry. Which brings up a point, I chose a very early ferry, 7:45. We had to choose our times back in July, before we knew what waves we were in. I figured it made sense to get there early, but since my wave doesn't start until 10:40, I'm going to be hanging around for a while. Hopefully it won't be raining, or freezing out. Which brings me to...
4. Clothing. Fall in NY can be iffy, either its warm and lovely, or cool and rainy. So I'm going to have to pick out different options. I must wear my Children's Tumor Foundation tank, which I've worn several times, and luckily, it fits well and is comfortable. Although my compression shorts are slightly see-through (anyone behind me will get a good view of my, well, behind) they're a smart choice for hammy and Pez. Tommie Copper generously sent me calf sleeves and a top, so that's covered, but I'm not sure about my arms. I've never worn any kind of compression sleeves or arm warmers. Anyone have any feedback on that?
5. Gear. I'm thinking of leaving my fuel belt at home, and making due with the water and gatorade on the course. I'm a nuun girl, so I would have to get used to gatorade. My belt is big, and I don't know if I want to deal with it this time around. But I do need to figure out how to carry my cellphone, GU, and maybe goldfish crackers. Then there is the ipod question, will I need it? I think there will be plenty to distract me with along the course and spectators, but it's like a security blanket, I like to know it's there.
Speaking of ipods......I must say Thank You to Steve Jobs for all he created, especially the ipod, which has carried me through countless runs. May he rest in peace.
6. Fundraising. I'm very thankful, and grateful for all the donations I've received for The Children's Tumor Foundation. I'm still waiting for some of them to come in, and if they do, I have about $150 left to raise by October 24th. As of today, our team has raised over $63,000! Our goal is $70,000, which you can help us raise by clicking here.
Now I need to go for a run.