hand held bottle
carbo pro powder in a bag
finish line bag
band aids, ibuprofen, immodium, tums, rewetting drops (in fanny pack)
pace/split time cheat sheet
2 pairs contacts (back up in fanny pack)
a book to read (before the race)
long sleeve technical shirts (4 options)
technical tees (3 options)
running shoes (3 pairs, 1 trail)
shorts (4 options)
sports bra (3 options)
soap and towels
socks (4 pairs running)
tights and fleece pants
body glide/zinc oxide to prevent chafing in sensitive areas!
I think I have thought of everything
Lighthearted but important Goals:
Meet several new people
run with someone or a group the entire way, running is better with friends
Finish happy, raise arms and pump fists, do not look bewildered to be at the finish
Eat early and often
walk early and often especially hills!
Dream Goal 9:59, ~12 minute pace
Realistic Goal 11:00 ~13 pace
Just Finish 12:00 ~14 pace
What I have going for me:
No ITB problems
a half ironman, two marathons, and a 50k finish since August
several long trail runs
Oh I almost forgot, Youth! I definitely think being 25 is an asset when attempting the impossible
What I have going against me:
20 mpw average for the past 16 weeks (averaging 2 runs per week), damn ITB
Left calf is a bit sore
Back is acting crazy today, hopefully just a pinched nerve from anxiety about race, will try to remain calm
I feel pretty good about everything. I am excited and plan to enjoy myself. I am disappointed that I did not come into this with the fitness level I had planned on but realize that there are more important things than running this thing fast. I am extremely happy to be able to even attempt this race. Regardless of the outcome of the race I have a very positive feeling about this year. I stepped it up in distance in both tris and running, I had a great race at Boston and a half marathon PR. I can't be disappointed with that!
Thank you so much for all the support! It really puts things in perspective for me and I just feel good about everything.
Good luck to those running Philly this weekend! Go Su! And good luck to Trisaratops who is attempting to PR a half marathon on Sunday! Rock it girls!
Oh and Go Blue!