Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Randon Pre Marathon Thoughts

As I sit here typing this I have 5 days, 2 hours and 43 minutes until the start of my next marathon. As you sit there reading it, I have even less!

So far the weather is looking pretty fabulous with a forecast high of 66 degrees. The predicted low that morning is 39, so a bit chilly at the start, but that is how I like it!

I haven't decided what I will wear. I have been wearing my Inknburn skirts for all my long runs so I want to wear one for the marathon also. The big dilemma is of course, which one?!  These are my skirt options...
I am leaning towards the blue one or the green one.  Inknburn needs to come out with a black skirt!
I could easily go with a pair of shorts, but I really like the side pockets on the shorts for my phone and fuel. Ergh.

I was planning to carry my hydration in my Orange Mud, but with the shoulder thing bothering me recently I don't want anything that will aggravate it so I think I will wear my hydration belt that I have worn for many half marathon and wore for my first full marathon. I am hoping my husband and kids will agree to meet me out on the course about halfway or so and have some full bottles they can trade out for my empties.  If this can happen I will only carry the two 8 oz bottles. Otherwise I can carry as many as three 10 oz bottles, but I really don't want to!

Shoes: Altra Torins

I am working on a music playlist for when I need some motivation.  I am planning to start with no music for at least the first hour.  This is what I usually do for half marathons too.  I have added a lot of old favorites as well as a few fun new songs that were suggested on Instagram. Here are a few new ones that I am loving!

  • Honey, I'm Good  by Andy Grammer
  • Just like Fire by Pink
  • Parachute by Chris Stapleton
I am super excited.  and nervous, and impatient. I know I can do it, I know I will hit a wall. I am feeling more determined than ever to have another marathon on the books.

What's your favorite marathon advice? Which skirt should I wear?

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  1. All the best with your marathon! I'd give a left nut to run in 39 degrees right now as it's already 80 here today at 6am. My first inclination is to go with the blue skirt but they are all fab. Thanks for linking up!

  2. I vote for the green skirt...it highlights the green from the shirt. Advice? Smile and enjoy the party! It's not your first 26.2 rodeo, and you know you can do it ;-)

  3. Good luck on your marathon!! I like the blue skirt. I'm envious of your racing weather, perfect!

  4. I'm super jealous about those temps!! Marathon advice in two words: Body Glide. Smile and thank the volunteers, they deserve it and the smile will help you as well.

    Crush it, Christy!!

  5. Ah the prerace jitters. You will be just fine. I like the blue skies with the flower on it. Side pockets are definitely a plus! I love putting playlist together for races. I would need my music right from the start though.

  6. ahhh! You will be great! I also lean toward the blue or green with the shirt. Have a great race!!!

  7. So close!!! I love the first blue one! Since I have only run one marathon I would say my favorite advice is to run the mile you're in...You are going to rock this!!!

  8. I really have no advice except don't forget to breathe, take it all in and put one foot in front of the other! The point is to start, carry on and FINISH. and you will do that! bonus will be when all of the elements come together in your favor :)

    my fave is the blue skirt! I do like the green one but ... I don't know the blue one just "speaks" to me!

  9. I'm so excited for you! I love the yellow skirt--it will make you stand out!

  10. I'd go for the first blue or the green, however peeking above me, I like the point about the yellow making you stick out. I'd go with the first blue...

    Good plan having a replenishment of bottles on the course! Love your music choice too!

    Have fun and run the mile you are in and enjoy the experience.

  11. The green skirt goes well with your top - it brings out the green leaf in the Team Beef image 😁 Have a great race, pace smart and enjoy the cool temps! The 60's are ideal in my opinion!


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