>Pre-race thoughts

>We have twenty short days until go-time, so beware of all entries running or marathon related.

I put my 5 mile time into the calculator and my predicted finish time for the marathon is 4:32. HA! I’m thinking my marathon pace will be around 10:45 (and that’s being quite optimistic).. that would put me at 4:41. My goal is still 5:00, but a sub-4:45 would be fantastic.

With extra down time over the next couple weeks, I have a lot of time to reflect on our training (Gabi and me). I really don’t think it could have gone any better, to be honest with you. We pushed ourselves, to say the least. Out of 15 weeks, I trained for 12 of those. I took two weeks off when Aaron was home and another week after my fun little trip to the ER.

Building a decent base before marathon training definitely has helped. We were up to twelve miles before we started getting serious about the long runs. I think taking six months to train has really helped us prevent injuries and overtraining. I’m not sure 18 weeks would have been enough if we hadn’t done 8, 10 and 12 mile runs beforehand.

We’ve run in every kind of weather. Rain, shine, snow, wind, ice, whatever. That in itself has prepared me mentally. We’ve also done long runs by ourselves, which helps with mental stamina and motivation.

I’m glad I’ve been so focused on pace because it’s made me more competitive and also aware of my limitations and my strengths.

I know I’ll have more to say about our training after it’s all said and done, but if I could go back now I would change a couple things.

1) I would have cut out most junk food and sweets a long time ago. I feel like my body is less cluttered with all those saturated fats and refined carbs.

2) I would have bought a hydration system towards the beginning and totally babied myself as far as hydration is concerned!

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