Que sera sera…

I am in a bit of denial that the race is tomorrow. When I am out there running I can grasp the concept of running 13.1 miles but when I am just going about my day to day business it doesn’t quite sink in that I am running a Half marathon… TOMORROW! I did 2 miles yesterday and because my outdoor runs are usually reserved for long runs it was very very strange to just do 2- I really just felt like I was warming up and it was time to quit- I actually cheated and did 2.25 mostly I wasn’t paying attention to my distance and then had to make it back home- although I did walk 2 blocks (not included in the 2.25) so as not to over do it TOO much.

Physically I am feeling pretty good- I do have an annoying crick in my neck that I plan to put some heat on. Today’s plan is to drink lots of fluids, eat good foods, maybe stretch a little and get to bed early. I will also go pick up my race package and lay out my clothes, look at the map of the race and decide exactly were I want to be dropped off in the morning.

I realized I did not try out a gel-thing-y on my 10 mile run and that has me a bit stressed because  I think it might be a good idea to have some kind of sustenance to get me through the unknown 3.1 miles that I have never got through before. A Mum at preschool who runs marathons suggested I take half a gel pack before I think I need it (so maybe at mile 6 or 7) which I think I will do. I also think I will wear my “hydration belt” (is that what it’s called?) On my 10 miler I had one of my bottles filled with water and one with a Gatorade/water mix- Even though there will be 4 water stations on the course I am a sipper and don’t want to feel like I have to gulp the water because it’s there. Also- I did start sipping on a Gatorade as soon as I rolled out of bed that morning which I think was helpful and I will do that again tomorrow. The whole staying properly hydrated without peeing my pants thing is stressing me out a wee (get it? Wee!?) bit as it is always a very delicate balance for me and my postpartum system- and really, ultimately there’s not a whole lot I can do but go if I have to go. I made it through the 10 miles without having to stop to pee- but if I gotta go I’ll just have to go. I will “stop” or rather walk through the water stations which I hope will help in my pacing. And well…. other than that Que Sera sera…

 

Wish me luck!

Published by mamalegato

Mama to six kids, theatre artist, doctoral researcher, voice teacher... slow and steady wins the race....

2 thoughts on “Que sera sera…

  1. Good luck! (Be careful with the gel. You are not supposed to try things in a race that you have not tried in training! If you do decide to tryi it, I have read that you must take the gel with water, but NOT with Gatorade. You might want to just have a cookie or candy if that is an option at the pit-stops, save the gel for your next training run.)

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  2. I bought the little jelly bean things instead thinking I will just have just a few- and they won’t be as weird texture wise as the gel- we’ll see!

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