1. It is race weekend! I am frantically trying to pack. This is a challenge. We are taking the kids with us, so there are all sorts of things that need to come along. I really miss the days when I could go for a weekend with just a backpack. I don’t think that will ever happen again.
2. I am frantically checking the weather. It is going to be cooler that I would like. I prefer the temps to be on the warm side. I don’t really mind running when it is 70 degrees, and I certainly prefer that to 40 degrees. It will probably still be in the 30s when the race starts on Sunday morning. Current forecast says mid-high 30s and a chance of rain that morning. Brrr!!!
3. I signed up for a marathon! In October, I will be running the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. This weekend’s half marathon is a test to see how my GI issues handle a long race. I have been working on my training plan the last few days. I can’t wait to start training.
4. I am adapting my diet for this race. I have had GI issues that plague me anytime I try to run long. Starting today, I am cutting out the fiber from my diet. I have done a lot of research into the types of foods that can cause the symptoms I am having. I have downloaded lists onto my phone so that I can refer to my research prior to every meal. I am not looking forward to this…especially because I might be doing all this eliminating, and not get any benefits from it. But, it is worth a shot. Especially since I can’t get in to see a GI doc until the middle of June!!
5. I was going through my dresser today, as I was packing for the weekend. I realized that I could wear nothing but race T-shirts for an entire month, and not wear the same one twice. Not. Even. Close. This made me very happy.
Goals for Sunday’s half marathon:
A goal: This would be my dream…2:10. If everything goes perfectly, and I work my tail off, this is what the running gods could bless me with. (9:56/mile)
B goal: If the day isn’t perfect, I would still love to get a 2:15. (10:19/mile)
C goal: A PR of any kind…Anything better than 2:20:49, which I ran at the Madison Mini Marathon in 2010, while I was pregnant with Logan. (10:42/mile)