Saturday, March 11, 2006

The last 24 hours, tick, tick, tick,...

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement, it means a lot to me!

Tomorrow around this time (10 a.m.) I will be lining up at the Start of my third marathon. I’m a little high-strung, but feel ready to take on the my fight with “the wall”.

My strategy since day one of my training has been to try to average 6:00/kilometer (9:39/mile) for the entire race. My plan is to run about 5:45/K (9:15/M), which is a relaxed pace for me, for the first 3 hours and then try to not drop under 6:15/K (10:04) the rest of the way. If the race goes according to plan I’ll finish in around 4:10:00-4:15:00.

I had a nice long sleep last night, 11 hours! I’m a bit concerned about my weight, I’ve gained 5 lbs since I started tapering – 3 in the last 4 days, yikes! I’ve been carbo loading the last couple days, have tried to limit fat, have been drinking lots of water and have limited my exercise. My race gear is already set out, the gas tank is full, and we have tomorrow mornings routine worked out.

The weather looks kind of nasty for tomorrow – according to the local newspaper -1C/30F and snow. This usually means 2-3 degrees warmer and rain, but we’ll see. I have my running wardrobe packed, I’m ready for anything.

So there is not much more that I can do for now, I am trying to keep my mind occupied and the nerves under control. I have my race plan, I only need to stick with it. See you on the other side...

Go Jack Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn..I'm excited for you....sleep well tonite!!!!
Rock on. Run fast!!!
Doh. I meant GOOD luck, Jack.

Maybe that was a combo of GO JACK and GOOD LUCK JACK!

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