Monday, January 2, 2012

Working on my Marathon Checklist

Do you have a checklist that you follow when getting ready for your races?  This weekend, I am running my 16th marathon.  I don't have a physical checklist that I follow and check items off of anymore.  I do have a mental checklist as I know what the week leading up to the marathon is usually like.

As soon as taper begins, my first checklist item is stretching.  Yes, we should all be stretching throughout the year, but I am incredibly diligent about my stretching at this point.  The last thing I want are tight legs on marathon morning.  What I am currently focusing on are my hips so I have been continuing my hip flexor stretches that I posted about last month.  I am careful to not miss a night of stretching and my legs are thankful for this.

On Friday, I asked for input on my playlist and you all had awesome suggestions.  I downloaded at least one song from each suggestion I received, and the dork in me is giddy knowing that I will think about each person when that song comes on.  This morning I spent a few hours downloading the new music and organizing it with my old music.  I have a four hour playlist ready to upload to my iPod.  I am hoping my power song comes on at the right time, but I did add it twice in there just incase.  :)

Currently I am working on clearing my Garmin.  UGH.  I have made it to the start of too many races to find the "Lap history full, please delete old activities." error message.  This is annoying as I hate deleting activities that weren't necessarily recorded.  (I didn't start Daily Mile until November of 2011, so I don't have the best record of how many miles I have run.) So, now I sit and wait for my little Forerunner to empty all my activities onto my computer.  While waiting, I ran across my splits from last year's race:
To say I am proud of those splits, would be an understatement.  Those splits give me courage to execute my current race plan that I have in mind.  Yes, I slowed down at the end, but the slow down wasn't too bad as I knew I was within my goal of 3:40.  

After the Garmin, I will figure out packing.  The forecast for Sunday is looking a little warm, so it looks like I will be wearing shorts and a tank.  Now which shorts and tank is the question.  I am excited to head to my Brooks summer running gear and pick out a few choices.  My lungs are thankful for a slightly warmer day, I just hope that the heat doesn't roll in until most people are off the course.

For a list of what I am bringing and a reminder for your next marathon, here is what will go in my bag.
  • Shorts
  • Tank
  • Capris
  • Long-sleeve running shirt
  • Sports Bra
  • Socks
  • Compression socks or sleeves
  • Arm warmers
  • Shoes
  • Water belt + bottles
  • Inhalers
  • KT Tape
  • Garmin + charger
  • iPod + charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Bondi Band
  • Hat
  • Visor
  • Race number belt
  • Road ID
  • Throwaway clothes
  • Sandals
  • Sweatpants & Jacket for checked bag
  • Body Glide
  • Gloves
  • Gels
  • Nuun
  • Extra water bottle

I am sure I will add to this list as the week goes on.  I also have a list going in my head for what I need to bring on my trip.  I plan on wearing my TeamSparkle skirt to the half marathon and making a few signs.  If you are running the half or Goofy, let me know and I will add your name to my signs.  I will Tweet where you will see me on Friday night.  Also, if you will be down there, let me know and maybe we can meet sometime.

What am I missing from my list?  Do you love lists or do you try to wing it like my crazy husband and pack just hours before your plane leaves?


Laura said...

Those are awesome splits front last year, can't wait to see what this year holds for you! I am definitely a list person. Nice, long, detailed lists... I'd rather overpack than be missing something. Excited for you!

runningforthekitchen said...

i think thats just a man thing to wing it a few hours before. my dad does that ALL the tiem...hes crazy!

i always over pack and make 5 different lists so i dont forget anything. i am so excited for you and your race!! good luck!

Stephanie said...

Ahhh I can't believe it is marathon week alredy. you are forgetting to pack me in your bag. Oh no, I need to still give you music suggestions. Bah. Ok we can talk more this week but Galloway Girl by Mundy is one my all time favorite pick me ups! You are going to rock Disney

Kara said...

I ran Disney a couple years ago. It was snowing, which I definitely wasn't expecting! Hope you have better weather. And I love lists too! Sometimes I Google marathon checklists to make sure I don't forget anything when traveling...I will have to save yours!

Sara - Words to Run By said...

Thanks! This list is helpful for me. I am getting so nervous, I can't stand it.

I am running the Goofy, and I would love to catch up with you there!! :)

robinbn said...

You will have so much fun doing Goofy and shouldn't be worried. Go into it totally relaxed!
Some Twitter girls are having a meetup on Saturday at Downtown Disney at 11, if you are interested, email me and I will get you the info. Otherwise, I would love to set up another time to meet up, my sister and I are in town from Friday-Monday, email me and we can maybe meet at the expo on Friday or something.
Good luck and have FUN!

robinbn said...

I did the Goofy Challenge when it snowed. It was terrible! Looks like we are going to have a warm weekend, hopefully not hot but we will see!

robinbn said...

I wish your expo wasn't this weekend, I would love to have you down there. I am going to look up that song.