March 12, 2015

39 days and counting to my biggest race ever

Nearly a year has gone by since I qualified for the Boston Marathon and so it seems almost surreal that we are just 39 days away from Patriot's Day/Marathon Monday.  With the snow Boston and Massachusetts has received this winter, it will be an absolute miracle if we don't pass any snow piles while running from Hopkinton to Boston. However, this week the weather has been in the 50's, according to my mother who lives in MA, so I am hopeful that we will have clear sidewalks for all the people coming out to cheer on the runners.

Photo courtesy of Megan
On Tuesday, I was so excited to get a couple texts with photos of the race  merchandise from Megan.  After looking at the photos, I decided I probably needed two of everything, When Christine heard this comment she said , "oh, an heir and a spare."  This may be my one and only time to run Boston and I want all the gear!

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?




23 comments:

  1. So exciting! I would definitely be buying all of the Boston Marathon gear I could get my hands on :)
    It's going ot be a great experience for you!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Karen I plan to be at the expo when it opens. I think you like to shop like I do!

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  2. I can see buying two of something if you like it! (I might as well - but I don't love the colors this year.) I'm torn between trying to get things early so I have them and not wanting to buy anything pre-race...or even try it on. I might just buy everything at the expo. (doesn't solve the trying on concern though)

    I started my "what to bring to Hopkinton" list (and figuring out how to carry it since no bags). Not going to break in shoes yet though. Tomorrow, we'll have bib numbers and start times so we can really practice the timing for our long runs!

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    1. I was joking about buying 2 of everything, but honestly, at my age and wanting to do all the marathon majors, I may not run Boston again, so this is my moment to shop! Tom will go to the expo with me and buy it for me and then hide it!

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  3. I'm so excited for you, and can't believe that Boston is so close! I can't wait to see the shirt design that Christine comes up with for you and your sister.

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    1. Kathryn it will be so much fun, but I am trying to stay focused on my training for the next few weeks.

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  4. I'm soooooo excited for you and your sister!!!! It's going to be an amazing experience!!!

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  5. Sounds like you are ready and prepared Pam! I'm excited to follow along on your journey! What an exciting time for you!!

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    1. thanks Karen, doing my best to stay focused and not get too overly excited!

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  6. I'm so excited as I'm living vicariously through you! Don't forget to post a pic of your race day outfit. I love a sparkle skirt.

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    1. I do plan to post pics once the outfit is complete!

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  7. We too are SO excited for you Pam! Buy away! It is such an honor to even be there and run that race! -M

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    1. Thanks M and L....it will be so much fun to share this experience with my big sis!

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  8. I am way excited for you!!! Boston is one of my dream races, I hope to qualify for! You're going to have an absolutely amazing experience, it's going to be here before you know it:)

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    1. Thank you so much and yes, I hope the month passes quickly! I'm ready to fly to Boston tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you Sue, and I can't wait to follow your Paris Marathon trip!

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  10. Soo excited for you! And YES to buying 2 of everything :) I am glad you will have a couple long runs that start later in the day - that is one lesson learned from NYC. I was so hungry by the time I started (basically lunch time).

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    1. Thanks for encouraging me to shop Jenny, my husband thanks you too! He knows what to expect though after 40 years!

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  11. This is SOOOO exciting! I know the damage I did at last year's NYCM...can't even imagine the merch I'd be walking away with! :)

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    1. Yes, I may need a couple suitcases, but luckily my husband will attend the expo with me and I plan to shop until I drop!

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  12. So exciting! I hope you have a great experience at Boston and I hope Christine's race went ok this morning. The rain made it tough.

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