This time in two weeks I hope to have a marathon finisher medal around my neck. I think this medal will become my new best accessory. I think I shall wear it forever! Medals go with everything don’t they?
Tapering? I’m loving it! Honest! I am! Today I have indulged in my complete OCD love of spring cleaning ~ happy sighs ~ I’ve spring cleaned the bedroom and the ensuite. A lot of dust died in the process but now everything gleams and (for this still moment in time) is in complete order. The bedding has been washed and/or aired and the whole room smells like lemons, limes and sunshine with a hint of furniture polish. Happiness.
So what’s the run plan for this first marathon attempt?
- Pace: The Unsporty Woman’s Happy Pace – 6:30 to 6:15mins/kms (I won’t be going any faster than this but most likely a whole lot slower at times)
- To have a drink at each drink stop even if it’s only a sip (following the Lazy Runner’s approach here).
- To have a gel at 10kms, 20kms and 30kms with a spare for the 35km and jelly beans in between – I’ve practised this and it seems to work.
- To smile and wave (no matter how exhaustedly) at ever single camera.
- To thank every volunteer (no matter how much of an exhausted mumble it is).
- To use mantras and songs to keep me going. Mind over matter.
The overall plan is to run all the way and finish. Judging from the training runs over half marathon distance, I’ll be crossing the finish line between 4:45:00 and 5:15:00. It’s going to be a PB no matter what because it’s marathon number one.
Cadbury Marathon Event Director, Shelly Miller, was featured in an article on the Cadbury Marathon web page this week. She has some great tips:
Any personal tips or hints for our runners on the day?
Personally I find that standing on the start line knowing you have trained consistently without taking shortcuts is the best feeling. Then the nerves are due to excitement rather than dread!
Hydrate properly during the event especially as it may warm up later in the morning.
Don’t worry about not sleeping the night before, instead make sure you get a few consecutive good nights of sleep in the week leading up to the event.
Prepare your shoes and shirt with your timing chip and bib the day before if you can.
And when it starts to hurt – start smiling! It will help to relax you.
I particularly like the last tip: to smile. If running isn’t happy and smiley then why do it?
I think that all three of us, Louise, Pauly and I, can say that we have trained consistently and that we haven’t taken shortcuts. It’s a good feeling! We ran our last long run on Friday – Boxing Day. 29kms. It wasn’t an easy run, we were all tired and a bit flat but we made it. Our mental resolve to finish is right on track. Couple this with the wonderful support of friends and famly and yes, we are truly on track. We are ready to line up at the start line and we are ready to do our best on the day.
Mmm now what to do? I think I shall mow the lawns…loving the taper!
Happy running 🙂