My first marathon is less than four days away! Yikes! The carbo-loading and hydration routine is in full-force!
I had my last long run on Monday, a whopping 10.5 miles that I did in Brunswick on the Androscoggin River bike path in between dropping Zeke off at school and picking him up. Ian has that day off so he was watching Finn. The route is only 5.25 miles out-and-back so I did it twice. It was a cool 50 degrees and sunny. I was wearing my arm sleeves and capris for the first time this year, but was hot halfway through the first repeat and stripped them off (the sleeves, not the capris) when I got back to the car before heading off again. My Target tank that has a shelf bra felt like it was squeezing the life out of me and I seriously considered taking that off too and just running in my bra, but just dealt with it. I just used it as a mental-strengthening exercise to deal with the upcoming discomfort of 26.2 miles.
I finished with an overall pace of 8:44 (not counting the short break halfway to strip off clothing), slightly faster than my RLRF target marathon pace of 8:49. Which brings me to my goals for the marathon. I would be lying if I said I didn't have a time goal, but I'm trying to tell myself that what's most important in a first marathon is...
Goal #1 - Finish standing up.
I'm not saying that I'm not capable of running a 8:49 pace...maybe I am. But there were things about this training cycle that I could have done a lot better. So a more reasonable pace...
Goal #2 - Average a 10 minute mile pace or less.
I'm not running with my Camelbak, so I'll be fueling up at the water stops along the course. They don't match up perfectly with my desire to break it up into five five-mile chunks, but taking a short break at miles 5.5, 11.5, 16.6 and 21, should work out okay and make a 10:00 pace doable.
And most importantly...
Goal #3 - HAVE FUN!
I'm looking forward to wearing my long-planned pink and orange outfit and my can't long run without Tommie Copper shorts and Mizuno Wave Precision 13s. I'm looking forward to running a part of the race with Jen who will be out there to support both Jill and I as we tackle our first 26.2. I'm looking forward to seeing my husband and boys cheering me on. I'm looking forward to finally running a marathon, something that has been on my bucket list since 1993.