|Photo courtesy of Megan|
|Another photo from Megan|
With less than 6 weeks until race day, my preparations besides logging miles have started. We will be flying to Boston, so a carry on bag will be holding all the items I need for race day. My shoes have already been broken in and after yesterday's easy run, they now have just over 50 miles so they are ready for racing!
Other things to plan are fueling for a late morning start. This weekend I have a 20 mile run scheduled at 10:30am to test my food and water intake. The weather forecast looks great for Sunday and hopefully I can figure out how to carry all the food and water I will need. My only other marathons, the Mickey Marathon, Quintiles Marathon and Marine Corps have all started early in the day so this one will be very different. My coach specifically scheduled late starts for two of my longer training runs so my body will get used to running late morning into the afternoon.
Last spring I actually bought my race day skirt from Sparkle Skirts just in case they decided to discontinue the one I wanted to wear. The only missing part to my outfit is a shirt and Christine is helping me design shirts for my sister and me to wear. Hopefully that little task will be completed by the end of next week. I will test the skirt this week and also my brand new Experia socks that are a perfect color blue!
I am reading 26.2 to Boston again in hopes that the mileage information will be helpful on race day. This book has a detailed account of the course as well as some interesting stories mixed in about prior races.
My last way to prepare is to get enough rest. Getting plenty of sleep and relaxing on days before my long runs is key to keeping healthy and injury free.
Do you have any tips for race preparation? Have I missed anything?