Thursday, October 1, 2009

Minnesota Bound

Don't forget to sign up for my Mile 22 Bags Giveaway. The contest ends on Sunday.

I have been sitting in bed for the past hour thinking about what is in my suitcase. I have 3 outfits planned for the marathon. I have capri tights, long sleeve, short sleeve, running skirt, tank top, arm warmers, normal socks, wool socks.....I think I have it all covered.

Sunday's forecast has a high of 58 and low of 46. If you ask me that is perfect marathon running weather. I probably won't know what I am wearing until I walk out that door. I even have 2 different throw away shirts that I am bringing. The start of the Twin Cities Marathon is at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, so luckily we get to hang out indoors for the hour leading up to the start. This also means normal toilets. :) Yay for no porta-potties!

Tomorrow we have a very busy day, not an ideal day for 2 days before the marathon. In the morning, my mom scheduled family pictures for 20 people including 8 kids under the age of 6. That is going to be a stressful situation. After pictures we are going to the expo. I love expo's. I would be in heaven working in a running store, so walking around in what I would consider a VERY large running store is my dream come true. I don't plan on buying anything, but I do love free samples. I do plan on speaking with the Clif Pace team pacer for the 3:40 pace group. I want to see what their game plan is as I would love to run with their group. I haven't had the best luck following a pace group in the past, but I want to make sure I pace this marathon correctly. I would love to find a pair of sweatpants for the winter as well, but otherwise I am not buying any marathon merchandise. I bought 2 shirts at last year's Twin Cities Marathon and they don't have the year on it, so I figured I am covered in their gear.

After the expo is my niece's baptism. Dressing up 2 days before a marathon, another thing I don't think is a good idea. I picked out comfortable shoes to go with my dress. I may not look right, but I am going for comfort over style. The celebration dinner is at a great Italian restaurant, finally a bonus. This is my big carb loading night, so I will definitely enjoy my dinner.

Saturday, I am getting up early to watch my sister run the TCM 10k. My sister has been really training hard the past few months and I think she is going to get a major PR. Her last 10k was like 1:06 and I am predicting 54:00 for her. The 10k is on the marathon course, so I am excited to see her cross my finish line. Last year's finish line was a very bittersweet moment for me. I literally couldn't move my legs anymore. I was so happy to finish as I was in so much pain, but I was so sad as I crashed so hard. After the 10k we are going to my brother's football game. He is a college football coach and my family goes to at least one of his games every year, so my girls actually look forward to going. If it was up to me, I would be heading back to my brother's house to take a nap, but we will see. After the game, it is early dinner and getting ready for my race.

My running this week was pretty boring. One recovery run and my dress rehearsal run yesterday. They were very uneventful. My marathon pace miles were very easy, but that is expected as my legs feel pretty good. I am getting nervous for Sunday so my legs have some phantom pains, but overall they feel great. I am thinking I am going to wear my Recovery Socks on the airplane, just in case. I plan on getting one more easy run in before Sunday. Most likely, I will only do 2 miles with some strides to get my blood flowing. Like I said, very boring. This is why I run 60+ miles a week, I am just too bored and so restless without my 15 mile days.

I better get moving so we don't miss our plane. I will probably pop in one more time, but please keep the comments coming on the contest. All the well wishes really do help!


Matt (No Meat Athlete) said...

It's so exciting reading about peoples' marathons as so many approach this weekend. The blogosphere will be abuzz with marathon stories on Monday!

You will do great; you've definitely put in some serious mileage. I can't wait to read your BQ post!!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

GOOD LUCK!! Sounds like you will be BUSY!!

aron said...

soooo excited for you!!!! have a GREAT race... stay focused and have FUN! you are ready :)

Running, kind of. said...

Wow! Just wandered over from Tall Mom...good luck!!!! You will be amazing!!!

Oh and I am so glad I am not the only one with these strange Phantom Pains! :)


Alison said...

I think having a lot to do will help the time fly by! PLEASE post your time on FB or even a quick blog post ASAP! I will be thinking about you ALL MORNING on Sunday! I can't wait to hear, GOOD LUCK if I don't get a chance to say it again!

itsjoan said...

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Carlee said...

Your post is getting me so excited for my race next weekend. Sounds like your head is completely in the game. You definitely sound like you are poised for greatness. Can't wait to hear about it!