So now that the Minneapolis Half is done I learned a few important things going into Grandma’s Marathon.
1. Packing: last weekend I forgot my ipod armband, my headphones, compression socks, and running sunglasses. I stopped at target for a new pair of headphones and put my ipod in a plastic baggie in my sports bra instead of having my armband. This worked just fine, however I really wish I had practiced with my armband, now I’m not sure if I’ll use it or not.
This means, I need to lay everything out and triple check that I have everything I want. I plan on having one my friends carry an “emergency bag” while she spectates the race so if I need anything for the last few miles, or after the race before getting back to the hotel she has it. The emergency bag will include: running sunglasses, compression socks, running socks, advil, sunscreen, chapstick, tshirt, sports bra, extra gu, and body glide.
I plan on wearing: shoes and socks (duh!) capris, sports bra, tank, hat, and carrying my waterbottle which will hold my id, and phone. I will carry gu with me, but haven’t figured out where all of it will go. My capris have a zipper pocket, but only can carry 2, maybe 3 gus, and I’m guessing I’ll need more than that. They may end up in my sports bra, or I may buy a spibelt, we’ll see.
In my gear check bag I will have, a long sleeve, sandals, extra socks, wash cloth, and a water bottle. (i may put an extra hat in my bag for post race also).
2. Water consumption! At the start of the Minneapolis Half my stomach felt heavy, I tried to go to the bathroom but nothing really happened. I put Nuun tablets in my water bottle to give them a try and must say I was not a fan. I sipped and finished the water bottle (with 2 tablets in it) during the 13.1 miles, but I really wasn’t a fan. The nuun laced water was fizzy similar to alka seltzer tablets. Water stations were every two miles and I was so darn thirsty I took three glasses of water at each station! For Grandma’s I’m going to fill my water bottle with plain water, and have 2 tablets on hand in case I want to mix it up later in the race.
3. Pacing…While I thought my splits from the Minneapolis Half were awful, they weren’t actually as bad as I thought…however somewhere in North East Minneapolis I got really bored and my heart wasn’t into running. I had started with walking through the water stops, and changed to walking through every mile marker, and there were a few other places where I took walking breaks. My plan for Grandma’s is to walk the first .5 mile to warm up my body. I know I’m going to want to run, but I really don’t think its a good idea, plus I hope it will help me from going out too fast. Also, I plan on introducing myself to the 6 hour pacer, I’m really hoping I’ll be able to talk to them on Friday at the expo, but we’ll see if they are around…
4. Mindset. I did a pretty good job with nerves at the Minneapolis Half. I was slightly concerned about what would happen to my body at the 10 mile mark since I haven’t had a 10 mile run all year (and my last race was a 10k)….but it was just fine! I was super sore in my quads, but overall I’m glad with how my body reacted to 13.1 and hope it isn’t too angry with 26.2! I have every intention of finishing the race, but I’m not stubborn enough to say I will finish no matter what. If I really feel that I cannot finish I’ll stop by a medical tent and see what is going on.
I’ve read plenty of places that the half-way point for marathons is not mile 13.1 but actually closer to mile 20. Since I’ve never completed more than 13.1 miles I have no idea what is going to happen to my body. One of the ways I plan to keep myself engaged and not bored is to the listen to the movie “Sex and the City” I have it on my ipod and since its one of my favorite movies I figure it will help me pass the time so I can really think about running the second half of the marathon.
Does anyone else have tips or tricks for making it through 26.2? I’m willing to take any advice into consideration!