There are about 12 weeks until the marathon. This weekend I have 18 miles on the schedule.
Eighteen is significant for me. It was the longest run I completed last year during marathon training before I got injured. I’m hoping this year is different.
|18 miles DONE in 2010.|
Eighteen is no joke. So I think I’m going to test some equipment during the run. It seems long enough to really give it a good test, but short enough that if my equipment fails, I’m not totally screwed.
One of these pieces of equipment is my phone. It’s a Samsung HTC with WP7 and I’d like it to be the sole piece of hardware I carry with me on race day. I downloaded a pretty hefty playlist and I’ve already been testing it on shorter runs. It’s not perfect as it occasionally stops a song just short of its ending or pauses mid-song. But the key is it doesn’t stop the playlist, so it doesn’t really bother me.
What’s great is that, according to Mr. T, the music plays in the background while my phone is in sleep mode, so it doesn’t eat up the battery. I will test that theory on Sunday’s 18. Also, I can still use my phone while the music plays (ie take pictures and text). I also will give that a try on Sunday as I have not yet attempted to do that.
My issues are not with the phone. I’m happy I don’t have to carry my bulky first-gen Zune and my phone. It’s the headphones I really need to fix. I got some over-the-ear hangers that I can snap my earbuds into (I still use the buds from one of the first iPods that came out years ago), but they still manage to come loose. What should I get to replace the buds? Suggestions needed!
My other unknown is how do I want to carry my phone/music? I plan to wear my pretty pink Nathan hydration belt during the marathon. Putting my phone in the pocket of the belt only leaves room for one gel. I do not wish to wear more than one belt, and since the race is at the end of June, I predict the weather will
better be warmer, which means fewer clothes with pockets. Ideas?
The last thing is my clothing. Since it will
better be warmer, I won’t be wearing long tights and raincoats and hats. I’d like to wear my pink plaid RunningSkirt, but I think it might be too big for me now. I might have to break down and buy this one:
|Does it come with this stomach and these thighs? 😉|
I got a cute white Nike skirt from eBay, but haven’t been able to test it out yet. I also got a new short-sleeve sweat-wicker shirt yesterday at TJ Maxx. I’m thinking I’ll wear a visor on race day. Not that I own one yet. Doesn’t matter. I won’t be able to test any of these out on Sunday as it’s supposed to rain.
And I think I need new socks. I discovered on my 16-miler that the socks I’ve been wearing are too thick. I wore my thinner RunningSkirts Swift Socks that day and not a single blister. But I don’t know if I want to wear those on June 25. Might
better be too warm.
What else? What am I forgetting?