I have completed almost all of the preparations for to be ready to go to Grand Rapids for the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. I have my primary running gear packed. Shoes, socks, shorts, and a short sleeve tech t-shirt will be my primary clothes. In addition I have my Garmin Forerunner 305, the Garmin Heart Rate Monitor strap, and Garmin Foot Pod packed. For safety I have circular band-aids to prevent bleeding through the front of my shirt, ok, to prevent bloody nipples, there I said it. I also have my weather contingency clothing, a long sleeve compression shirt for a base layer, a long sleeve tech shirt, light running tights, gloves and a skull cap. The weather is supposed to be nearly perfect, with a low of 40 and a high of 60. Fortunately this race will be small enough that I will be able to wear something to keep warm prior to the start and give it to my family as I depart. I have part of my bag dedicated to after the race, since it is hosted at a YMCA and they will let us use the showers. It will be nice for my family to not have to spend 2 hours in the car with me smelling like I just ran a Marathon. I did just realize I didn’t pack a towel so I will run and get that. I also have my Sunday Morning breakfast packed (2 PowerBar Protien Plus Bars).
I must have the Taper Madness thing going on, because I woke up at 4 am today. I have barely started drinking my coffee and already feel alert and ready to go. Hopefully tomorrow is similar. This might explain why this post is so scatterbrained.
First thing this morning we will be going to watch Stephanie and her team play soccer. We will leave for Grand Rapids right from the soccer game. It is exciting to watch her play, because she has grown so much as a player this season. She has come back from a Stress Fracture and with the additional work she has done since moving up to Select soccer has made a tremendous difference. She is a very good athlete and most importantly, she is very coachable. With a good coach, there is nothing she can’t do. She has already stated her desire to race me at the Turkey Trot this year. The last 2 years we have run together, however, I think this year she is capable of beating me. I suspect she will probably be around 22 minutes and since my 5k PR is 24:35, I have my work cut out for me.
All tangents aside, I am looking forward to Sunday morning. I know I will have to pull together every ounce of courage and heart I have to make my 4:30 goal time. I trust my training and I feel relaxed and restored. I also know Marathons hurt and there is no way around that. I just don’t want to be reduced to what I was last year.