On the flip side, I'm feeling REALLY good! Not only are my legs feeling fresh and rested, but my mind is in the right place too with all sorts of confidence. I have been enjoying these taper weeks (maybe a little too much with a lack of almost all running), and I feel like I'm pretty ready for all 26.2 miles. I did my last "long"(this becomes a relative term when training for your first marathon) run on Monday. It was a weenie 8 miles. The craziness is that I had to pull the throttle back the whole way!! Ever since running the Allstate Half Marathon with Colleen a couple weeks ago, I have totally changed the game plan for race day. There will be no "banking" time at the beginning, but instead, the goal is to just keep it pretty steady at 9:30 mins/mile. I executed this on those 8 miles and felt terrific at the end. I'm feeling
Speaking of a great day, the weather is looking pretty nice...
Hopefully, it will be the perfect race day experience. If it's not, I don't know if I'll ever run another full marathon (outside of an Ironman)!
The plan is to line up with the 4:15 group and make some pretty quick friends. That's not too hard for me to do, and I think that they will help the miles click by as we talk about whatever. I'm sure I'll fade a bit, but if I can just get to mile 20, I think I'll be ok. The last 7 miles are on a riverwalk that I'm pretty familiar with, and I think that will give me an energy boost. Oh yeah, and it's slightly downhill for the majority of those 7 miles. If I can finish under 4:30, I'll be a happy guy! If not, I'll STILL be a happy guy if I just finish. :) It's going to be fun either way. I'm pretty excited!!!
Here's the elevation profile. There really only appear to three hills, and one of them is up and over a dam. Hopefully I won't be doing the marathon death shuffle by then.
Thanks for reading.