Marathon #2 – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day – my second Full Marathon, 26.2 miles! I feel very lucky, my training has gone very well and the weather is going to be pretty terrific, barring any strange plot twists. I have remained mostly injury free, aside from a few aches and pains here and there. It’s funny, now that I am so close with no real issues, my mind is making stuff up – is that knee thing really a “thing” and did I just feel that ankle thing again? Was that a twinge in my back??

I did a very consistent 18 week buildup, with 5 runs a week. My longest run was 20 miles, 15 of those miles being with a stroller (Doc said that those miles counted for 1.25 so by that calculation I got almost 24 done….)! I missed about a week on vacation which included my first 20 miler so for next time I could definitely do more Sunday “stupid long” runs. I think I found my sweet spot for non-marathon related training though, so I am excited to spend the winter doing moderate miles and adding some fun stuff in the mix.

Last marathon I was all about fuelling, but ain’t nobody got time for that with a kid! I think a banana at mile 19 and water at every station is my “plan” lol…I find if I eat a steak dinner with potatoes and healthy veggies the night before a long run I do well enough…maybe this time I’ll get to find this elusive “wall” at mile 20! 😛

I have heard tell it’s good to have a plan A (everything is working for you), B (something surprises you like a heat wave or rough morning), and C (just not on your game at all). 

Plan A – First 2 miles at 10 min pace, walk at water stations for 30 seconds. Finish the first loop at 9 mins pace, assess how I feel for second loop and continue at that pace or 8:55. This could put me in a place to finish under 4 hours, which would be the ultimate accomplishment!

Plan B – First 2 miles at an easy pace, aim for 9:15 pace at least. If I’m not feeling powerful at the halfway mark, continue with 9:15. At mile 22, increase speed each mile to finish strong (ish). This should get me under 4 hours 10 mins, which would still be incredible.

Plan C – First 2 miles easy, aim for 10 minute miles all the way. That would still bring me in at 4 hours 22 mins, or at least beat my first marathon time of 4:31. Still great.

I can’t wait to see what challenges will come up this race. The distance is to be respected so aside from my lack of fuelling strategy I think I am going in prepared enough to beat my last time. I know from the way I felt last time that a) I could have gone faster and left more out there and b) I never want to have to run for more than 4 1/2 hours again. My feet were killing me!


About Fjola Melody

Yogi, DJ, runner, cat lover, coffee drinker! Oh ya and the occasional beer. Life is good!

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