I've got to admit it folks. I'm getting excited. By this time on Sunday, I will have started and should be a couple miles into my second marathon. Yesterday I received the email with my bib # (1644) and starting instructions. I have a decision to make - I'm targeting 4:45 as my finish time (I keep on telling you guys I'm old and slow). That puts me either at the back of starting wave 4 at 7:15 for 4:26 to 4:45 finish times or at the front of wave 5 at 7:20 for 4:46 to 5:20 finish times. This is an interesting conundrum. Do I start at the back of a wave and deal with the crowds (marathoners and half marathoners start together), or do I start at the front of a wave and risk going out too fast?
I also will be re-reading parts of Glover's book (The Competitive Runner's Handbook) today to review race day and race strategy. I am *not* going to repeat San Diego. In that marathon, I felt way too good and went out way too fast for way too long (pretty standard for a Marathon Virgin). I need to figure out how to hit my goal pace and maintain it for almost 5 hours. Yikes!
Here's an idea. Maybe I'll give Jobu cigar and rum and ask him to take fear from feet:
As far as yesterday's run - 7 easy miles. My legs were heavy, so I did some strides over the last couple of miles to knock the rust off. That pushed my average heart rate to 77% of max, and I'm a little sore this morning, but with three days until the big event, I'll recover.
Actually 3 days 8 hours 45 minutes and 42 seconds.......