1. iPod rule: I've decided my iPod is staying in my Spi belt (if it arrives in time!) until I absolutely need it. Since I'll be running with Stacey for hopefully most the race I think it would be more fun to take in the scenery, the spectators, and chat about the course as we go along. Plus, then I'll be able to hear my friends and family trying to cheer above everyone else to get my attention.
2. The 2 mile rule: My friend, Lindsey, implemented this rule during her first marathon and basically it means when you think you can't run anymore during the marathon just give yourself 2 miles to see how you feel. The thinking behind it is that you can do ANYTHING for 2 miles and after those 2 miles you'll probably be over the mental hurdle and able to run...at least 2 more :).
3. Dedicate each mile after 20: Another friend/blogger (sorry I don't remember!) game the idea to dedicate each mile after 20 to someone to make me push a little harder and get through the miles I've never encountered before. I'll likely be dedicating these to my amazing spectators but haven't decided the specifics yet.
4. NO stressing about stopping to stretch/drink/pee: Stacey and I have already agreed to run this marathon together and we have also agreed that we will stop to stretch when needed, stop to pee, and not sprint through aid stations. This is my first marathon so time is really not an issue...I'm even thinking about leaving my Garmin at home...I know...craziness!
|I think I can manage to wait in a porta-potty line :)|
5. Warm up for 20 miles: Everyone I talk to who has run a marathon says the real race begins at mile 20 or wherever your longest training run ended. My goal is to focus on running slow and steady for 20 miles, enjoying every single minute of the race, the city, the spectators etc. I'll reserve the last 6 miles for pain, freaking out, self doubt, etc. I mean once I get to mile 20 I can just keep telling myself...only 6 miles to go...I ran 6 miles every single week for the past 3 months, no big deal.
Of course I have many other thoughts running around in my head about race day including stressing about the weather and what to wear, where to store all my sports bean, injuring myself before race day, sleeping through the start, eating something unfriendly to my stomach, etc. etc. etc.
|Hopefully the heat trend doesn't continue into marathon weekend, I will not stress about the weather, I will not stress about the weather...|
Question: What else do I need to be thinking about to have the most positive marathon mojo possible?