It is the night before the 2015 Amica Seattle Marathon . This is my 5th marathon (with many other ultra marathons behind me), and I am here with my boyfriend who is walk/running is first half marathon (and FIRST running race ever).
What is going through my head and what is going on through his head?
My head: actually very little as I feel very prepared and on task. I have done my specific workouts and I have quite a realistic goal. I am not nervous but anxious to get it started and looking forward to the process and curious about the outcome as, regardless, race day is always a new day.
My boyfriend’s head: “stay calm, try to survive, finish”. (Again, this is his first ever running race!! He really just started running again after 25 years)
I spent the day ensuring all the “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed. What did that entail?
- I have a race plan with very specific targets of my pace at which I did many workouts to prepare and I am “comfortable” with.
- I have my morning all set out, oatmeal breakfast waiting in front of the microwave, running gear, “body glide” and my running shoes I have been training in ready to put on. I will wake 2 hours before my start time (at least) to ensure I properly digest my breakfast. All day I have been pre-hydrating making sure I am “peeing clear” – true story.
- I hope to sleep tonight, but often before a race my nervous system takes over and I don’t sleep all that well (I did an entire 50 MILE ultra marathon on 1 hour sleep, NOT recommended but this is very common).
- Race day nutrition: we are all very different; myself in a road marathon I cannot ingest very much, but I need to make sure I keep on top – I have 800 calories of energy ready to fuel me for the run (all in the form of diluted EFS and sport Jelly Bellies (yep jelly beans!), I am going to run with a small hydration pack.
- All day today I made sure to eat food I am very used to, we had pasta with meat sauce for dinner (this is a regular for us), and yes I still had wine with dinner, I just make sure to drink twice that in water.
No, for me, it is not complicated at all.
If you wish to track me live here is the process https://register.chronotrack.com/event/tracking/eventID/18056:
- My marathon goal is to go under 3:35 (which for me would be a personal best by 2+ minutes on a tough course). I did this race very unprepared a couple of years ago and ran 3:37ish. My bib is #1482.
- My boyfriend who is walk/running the half marathon has bib #5864, his goal time 2:00-2:38.