Wonderful Wednesday began with a glass of lemon water while listening to Pete’s Sumatra brewing in the machine. I’d forgotten that I’d planned to drink a smoothie for breakfast, so I measured out exactly one cup of Special K and another cup of milk (skim, of course).

After a disastrous attempt to get my girls to match their skirts to their shirts to their socks, I gave up and they got in the car looking like red-eyed rag-a–muffins. I dropped them off and headed home for a fairly quick three-mile run.

Much like my girls and their pre-school fashion drama, I’ve been kvetching a little about my own race day outfit. The CW-X pants are out, my beloved Dash tights have gotten a little too roomy in the legs and I must resist the urge to wear shorts with my “how I love thee” compression socks. The socks would be wonderful, but shorts would leave me with the seriously chafed thighs; a horrendous and rashy mess. I tried my Lululemon Inspire crops today, but they slide down too much. I may prefer a low waisted jean, but when it comes to my running pants the higher the better!

This weekend I have scheduled a call with my first marathoning hero and second Scibelli sister, Sandra. We are going to go over the list of things I need to take on race day and I’ve written out my array of questions, for which I need some help to answer.

For example, there are different theories about how one should pace their race. Some people feel you start slowly no matter what and speed up when the mileage gets higher. I tried this in training, but found that I was so tired later my overall speed was really terrible.

I also attempted a long run where I did a form of speed work; would run comfortably for a bit and then speed up for a certain distance before slowing down again. This seemed to leave me feeling pretty good and I was happy with my time, but it may not be the best strategy.

With twelve days to go I don’t have much more to do.

It’s a nice feeling to just have to focus on the day-to-day tasks, relax a bit, sleep more, and stay committed to eating clean.

Now I know why so many people told me to enjoy the taper. It’s really quite nice.

6 thoughts on “Twelve

  1. I run in Nike Tempo Track Shorts and don’t experience chaffing:,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-434905/pgid-433662

    As for pacing, I go out with whatever I feel comfortable running because I know I won’t have the energy to run fast at the end (something that I’m trying to work on). I don’t sprint or go too fast the first few miles, but I go out with a pace that I feel like I can keep and typically run pretty even splits in a marathon. I think it’s important to do whatever you feel most comfortable with doing and just to remember to HAVE FUN! 🙂

    1. I think what you described will be my plan….I found that going out where I feel comfortable gives me confidence later when I’m tired. I’m also going to keep an eye on the 4:45 pacers. I really want to finish sub 5!

  2. I agree with Lora – go out at a pace that you are comfortable with. One thing to remember is that there will be a lot of adrenaline pumping when you cross the starting line. It’s super exciting, but also easy to go out too fast. I try to pull back a little at the start and then once I get past the first couple of miles, then settle into a comfortable pace. Definitely HAVE FUN and enjoy it. You have worked super hard for this.

  3. Only 12 days! Wow, time has just flown by since I started reading your blog! I can’t imagine the feeling you will experience when crossing the finish line, but I can’t wait to read about it!

  4. Yes, it will be so exhilirating when you cross that finish line! Like nothing else. ; ) I know what you mean about not being able to run fast at the end–amen, sister. But I will say that we started out with the 4:45 pace group last year, and we felt like we were crawling. Amazing how fast that 10:50 pace can feel at mile 21! Seriously, that is much slower than I’d run 5 miles, but keep some energy in reserve. You will need it!!!! (I didn’t realize how we had been using street crossing and stoplights as rest breaks–there aren’t any of those on race day.) With only 12 days to go, you sound like you’re planning well and tapering smartly. You’ll do great! It’s a beautiful trail to run.

  5. How exciting! You are almost there! I suggest running with a pace group. I did it unintentionally and was VERY glad I did! Best decision I could have made. I could choose to slow down, stop at port-a-potties, or hang back to chat with other slower runners as I pleased, but I always kept that group in sight. Now and then they slipped out of sight when I got too engrossed in a good conversation with another slower runner, so I spent about 3 miles trying to catch up, which means unnecessary exertion. However, I loved that I could do that and that my group always was glad to see me when I was back with them. It was like running with old friends. But the best part is that they keep you going when you get to the most difficult part of the race…they keep encouraging you and you are much less tempted to stop to walk or even to slow down. I highly recommend it!! Enjoy the taper!

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