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So oh yeah, I am running 20 miles on Sunday.
For some reason, I’m not scared. I think, maybe, it’s because I have broken down the route Zoë and I will take. (And also because I have an awesome buddy to run with.) We will park more toward the middle of our regular long-run route, and do five miles out and five miles back to our cars where we will refill fluids, eat something, stretch, probably take a bunch of pictures and use the Honey Bucket. Then we will go five miles in the other direction (a more scenic direction) and five miles back.
Just 10 and 10. No big whoop.
This method worked really well for me last year when I did most of my 18-miler alone. I had a friend meet me for the final four, so it just felt like seven out and seven back. No biggie. The last four flew by with my friend.
The one thing I’m worried about, though, is the weather.
The forecast calls for rain showers and the temperature will probably be mid- to high-40’s. I don’t really care except I really would like to experience a long run in some warmer weather. Something similar to what it will be like during the race. How can I get my water, outfit, pace and all that right when I have not been training in warmer weather? I wore a down jacket on Monday, for crying out loud.
Despite the cooler, wetter temps, I’m going to make this 20-miler my test run just in case it’s my final long run (ie my shin acts up), but I won’t be able to test everything I wanted to.
Things I WILL NOT be testing because of rain (wah, wah!):
–Pink RoadRunner visor. I’ll be wearing my trusty white hat, which I really love because I won it from Amanda, who used to live around these parts and is now across the country. Not sure I’ll be wearing a visor on race day anyway. Also, wish I would’ve gotten white. Goes with more stuff.
|Trusty white hat and trusty running buddy, Zoë.|
–White Nike running skirt. While I don’t think it’s the same kind of material used during Greek Week wet t-shirt contests, it still seems like a bad idea. Plus, I don’t want to get it muddy on the butt-side. I’ve seen the back of my legs after a wet run. Not pretty. I pity anyone running behind me in a wet race. Watch out! Flying mud! (Hey, maybe that’s a shirt idea.) Also, not sure this is even a contender for race day as it has “compression” shorts that don’t compress and the fabric is a little on the thick side.
–Gray Mizuno sweat-wicking V-neck t-shirt. I’ve worn this before on shorter runs and like it. It’s super soft, on the thin side. Very lightweight. But I will probably be wearing a jacket and will be too warm with the t-shirt and the jacket. Not sure it’s a contender for Seattle Rock N Roll anyway because, well, it’s sort of boring and we get enough gray in Seattle.
Here’s what I WILL test on Sunday:
-White CEP compression socks. I wore my pink RunLove socks for my 16-miler and they worked like a charm. I wished I would’ve worn them on my 18-miler. My white CEP’s are very similar and have yet to be tested on a long run.
|Socks and skirt combo for Sunday.
The ears and canine are staying home.
–Purple and gray camo RunningSkirts skirt. All along I thought I’d be wearing my pink plaid skirt for my first marathon, but now it is a little bit too big – it rides lower on my hips. It’s also the athletic skirt with compression shorts. They are not compressing anything anymore; they are loose and I’m not sure that will be good for my thighs. I’m leaning toward the camo skirt for my race. I’m a little sad because it’s purple and pink is my signature running color. BUT, I really like the skirt and it fits me perfectly right now. It does not go with my pink RunLove socks, however, so I may need some purple ones. The camo skirt has briefs and I did experience some crawling a couple of weeks ago. So I’ll have to be on the pick-out for that. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
–Music or no music. I have not quite decided. Sometimes I feel like taking music is sort of a pain. The earbuds, the cord, the playlist prep. People that have run Seattle Rock n Roll full: Is there music pretty much the whole time? Do you think I need music? I’m sort of thinking maybe I’ll run the first half without it and turn it on for the second half. What do you think? I’m taking my phone anyway, it’s only one extra step to put my earbud in, I guess. Argh. Not sure what to do on this one. I’ll be creating a new playlist if I decide to take music. New kick-butt song: I Wanna Go by Britney Spears. (Please do not tell me what she’s singing about; I prefer to be in the dark. Frankly, I’m a little scared. I figure it can’t be worse that Rihanna’s “S&M” lyrics, which I tried to avoid but is all over the radio and…darn it…it’s catchy.)
–Pre-run food. Toward the end of the 18-miler a few weeks ago, I got really hungry. The gels were not enough. Zoë asked what I’d had for breakfast, and all I’d had was a smallish Thomas English muffin with a little peanut butter and some honey on it. And a coffee. Maybe that’s not enough. Should I eat two of those? I hate to try any new foods because I know that the bread/PB/honey combo works/doesn’t bother my tummy.
–Mid-run food. I will be stashing food in the car so we can get some extra fuel during the run. What else should I put in there? More English muffins? Luna Bars (which I love and usually eat pos
–NUUN. I love my NUUN and it has not failed me yet. In fact, I only drink NUUN during my long runs. I don’t bring plain water anymore. Why? Well, this one time at band…wait. One time last year, I didn’t bring NUUN and had plain water only during a 15-miler, and I had soreness afterward like I’ve never had (except after my first half at which I barely drank anything, including water). NUUN has salt and electrolytes and all that stuff. I don’t think I’m ready to take salt tabs or any of that, so I will be relying on my NUUN supply to get me through the 20 hydrated and plenty salty. This reminds me: When I finished my 6-mile tempo run on Sunday, I had salt on my face from my sweat. I took NUUN with me and drank about half of it during the first half of that run. The HOT 6-miler I did the week before? No salt on my face. No sweat, even.
–Tape. I’m considering taping up my left shin like I used to do in high school with KT Tape (I purchased some in pink, of course). Just to be safe. I’ll have to review how to do this, though. Thoughts?
–The Brooks jacket. I wish I wasn’t testing this, but with the weather, that’s what has to happen. Where will I put all my gels when I am not wearing a jacket on race day? My phone/camera/music player takes up the entire pocket on my Nathan fuel belt. I’m not wearing two belts and my arm band is ripping (plus it’s not waterproof). Wait. I just got an idea.
–Gel storage. Okay, I’m going to try pinning gels to my fuel belt. This could be interesting. First I need to find some leftover race bib pins somewhere…
–Getting up super early to run. I haven’t had to get up very early — ever since we canceled our gym membership and got our own treadmill. (Remember, early means something entirely different to a mother.) But Zoë and I will be meeting super, duper early to rock 20 miles on Mother’s Day. I’m sure it’s not as early as I’ll be getting up for race day, but it’s pretty close.
–BodyGlide. Let’s see how well it holds up for 20 miles. Yikes. (Thinking I will reapply after 10.) I refuse to wear shorts under my skirt.
I feel like I’m forgetting something…