Huzaaaahhhh! One week to go!
I almost can’t believe a week from now I’ll finally be an NYC Marathon finisher (yes I WILL!).
This morning race week was kicked off at the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-off 5 mile race in Central Park, and I wanted to practice my pre-marathon fueling plan before the race:
And a cuppa decaf
I’ll definitely bring more food (a banana, pretzels) and fluids (Gatorade) with me on race day next week, but this was enough to get me going this morning. I pinned on my bib…
And thought about where I’d be in one week’s time…
I headed out for a 2 mile warm-up before the race and felt pretty good – excitement was in the air at the start and throughout the race. The finish line was exactly where the marathon finish line is (did I mention, one week??) and with the bleachers already up it was so surreal finishing and thinking how different it will feel next week.
During the race, I stayed true to the plan, resisted the urge to race and kept marathon pace. NYRR says I finished in 42:00, for an average of 8:24/mile – pretty much right on target! I met up with Megan afterwards for a few more miles and marathon talk 🙂
Here are the Garmin deets (the race is miles 3-7):
So 10.2 miles in 1:28:59 for an average pace of 8:43/mile. And with that, bring on the last week of taper!
When I got home I refueled with a banana and a little Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
Followed by a shower, Sunday paper-reading and some cooked oats with pumpkin, walnuts, blueberries, more Dark Chocolate Dreams PB, Greek yogurt, almond milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg for lunch.
Warm oats really hit the spot on a chilly afternoon!
I’m definitely pleased with how the run went today, and think this week’s taper and nutrition (carbs!) will give me the energy I need to stay at around marathon pace on race day.
Goals for this week?
- Keep runs easy with a few marathon pace miles thrown in
- Do not exceed 16-18 miles total
- Take two complete rest days (Monday and Friday)
- Start increasing carbohydrate intake by Wednesday/Thursday and decreasing protein/fat slightly
- Hydrate throughout the week, with some Gatorade starting on Thursday
- DO NOT GET SICK (wash hands a lot and take daily Vitamin C supplement)
- Keep stretching and icing every day
And the number one goal? Enjoy every effing minute of this week that I’ve been looking forward to for so long. (And try not to spend a small fortune at the marathon expo!)
Question: Any pre-race week tips?