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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

5 days until the marathon

Actually feeling a bit nervous. Every little pain scares the hell out of me. Can't work out what socks to wear on the day. Don't know what to eat in the morning. Worrying about getting heavy but also about not eating enough. Is that a cold I feel coming on?

Steve, thanks for the comment, I'll be looking for you, please forgive me if I'm capable of little more than a grunt as I pass.

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At 1:32 pm, Blogger Jon in Tokyo said...

Forget about aches and pains they will disappear on the morning of the race. The excitement of the day takes care of that.
Forget about your weight. Too late to do anything.
Turn your sox inside out. (!)
Eat what you normally do before a race...try nothing new!!!!!
You will find running sub 3 feels a lot better than 3.30 +

Tamami-san and I will try and be at 20Km and 35Km. Listen for the Aussie accent.

Run well.
Oh Steve is right on. Don`t run too fast at the start.Everyone feels good then. Race starts at 32 Km!

At 3:47 pm, Blogger Secret Trainer said...

These are the sox you need...

At 5:05 pm, Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

Yep, Jon is pretty much right. You've done all you can and now it is mostly out of your hands. Anything you can no longer control needs to be forgotten. Sure you have to make little decisions about socks and what time to go to bed and what time to get up and what to eat, but basically try to relax and remember that it mostly comes down to training (you've done that) and not screwing up the start by allowing nerves to take you out too fast. Your aim is to relax and nurse yourself to 25 km without the onset of any serious muscle fatigue. Then the fun begins. Go too fast and you'll feel it before half way. But no matter what, you are going to be out near the edge and so somewhere in the race the fatigue and pain will come and you will have to push through it doing all you can to hold as close to your goal pace as you can. That's what the marathon comes down to. Just don't let it come too early and don't let it beat you. For socks I would recommend a nice tight pair of proper running socks with the five fingered toes, and hit your feet with some body glide or similar, even vaseline, before putting the socks on. For breakfast, don't overdo it. You really need to start carbo loading on Thursday, and keep at it Friday and Saturday so that Sunday brekky is just a little top-up. Get up early for your morning constitutional and just have a light carbo breakfast of toast or porridge or okayu something like that. And make sure you are all packed and ready to go the day before and give yourself time to get there and set up on the morning. You'll be fine and you will enjoy it.

At 10:58 pm, Blogger GKK said...

Thanks for the comments guys. My lymph glands are sore - it seems I've got mild sinusitis or something. I'll put it out of my mind - too late to worry now.

At 10:43 am, Blogger Jon in Tokyo said...

Your race is locked in now. Follow what Steve says...plan everything you can and hope for a good day.
Beauty of the Marathon is that you can always try again.
If you have done the distance work which you appear to and have the speed (which of course you do have....a 3 hr marathon is only 42.30+ per 10Km...thats a walk!)you will be fine.
We will be on the side lines cheering!


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