Oh my, things have really started getting busy over here. And very, very warm. Of course pretty much the warmest day of the year will be this Sunday. This Sunday I am running marathon number 3. And of course the temperatures started rising just as I got into my second week of tapering. No time to acclimate and my body does not do well in the heat. I mean I pretty much run around with out clothes on in 40 degrees, lets see what happens when it is pushing 80!
It's a good thing I had a crap-tastic round of training and already had no time goals for the race. Well, that's not completely true. I would be lying if a little part of my brain wanted to at least finish in a time between my first marathon (4:24) and my second (4:59...due to sickness I walked the last 10K). And of course another little part of my brain though on a perfect day I could PR. My last 20 miler with Gretchen felt pretty good and put me in a good mental place.
But, now I know that I'm going to have to take it really slow. I am seriously considering jumping into the ocean as a good part of the course goes right along the coast.
Anyway, I'm hydrating like a boss and trying to up my sodium and potassium and hopefully make it to the finish line in one piece. At least I know that Ian and the boys will be waiting for me at the finish. And beer.
Yesterday the Spring Run Club that I'm coaching through the Bath Rec had our first meet. I spent the morning single-handedly raking the trail and marking the rocks and roots. Probably not the best idea to rake a quarter-mile of trails four days before a marathon, but a coach has got to do what she's got to do! The kids (all 60 of them) did a great job. Zeke was very proud to wear his new Blockbuster Spandits!
Well, I'm off to go find a new hand-held bottle for the marathon and stock up on my fuel. I'm bib #1414 if anyone would like to track me for the Maine Coast Marathon! The RaceJoy app is available for both Apple and Android phones. I might not be taking my phone along with me for the live tracking (you know the whole jumping in the ocean thing), but should still be able to get alerts when I cross over the timing mats along the course.