11 In marathon/ running

11 days to marathon: Can’t concentrate on anything else and tapering sucks :)

Most of the time I feel chilled / relaxed / just excited about it. Then I realise that I’m biting my cuticles just a little bit more than usual (someone please recommend a hypnotist in SW London!) and I totally flip out when my mother asks me non-running related questions and makes me make decisions that don’t need to be made for another few months! Turns out that I am unable to think more than 2 weeks ahead at the moment 😐

The good news is that it looks like our holiday to Barcelona will go ahead (it was touch and go for a stupid bureaucratic reason for a long time), so on 7th of April I will run the marathon, catch the Eurostar back to London a few hours later, come home, sleep (hopefully) and fly to Barcelona with my mom and the boys and hopefully husband as well (his ability to travel is still questionable) the next morning.  Not crazy timing at all!

AND we need to pack up most of the house as well sometime between now and running the marathon and going to Barcelona – renovation is starting while we’re away. Yikes. But somehow everything will get done. Just because there is no other option 🙂

First things first though – marathon. It will be run, one way or another. Nevermind that my right knee/calf is a bit tight from yesterday’s super fun Crossfit session 😐  I’ll do a few 10k runs this week and even shorter ones next week – the legs appreciate a bit of a break but the trouble with reducing the mileage is that my brain doesn’t know how to stop eating!  Tapering is totally weird when your mode of operation has been Full Steam Ahead for several months – all of a sudden I don’t know how long to run, how fast to run, what to eat, how much to eat, etc.

Here’s my checklist of things to pack (mostly for my own benefit so that I don’t stress out at the last minute):

  • Medical clearance from doctor
  • Registration document (the one that is called “convocation” on the marathon site and therefore took me 20 minutes to figure out that that was what I needed to click on!)
  • Printed map of hotel location
  • Printed map of start/finish area & run route
  • Shoes
  • Compression socks
  • Running undies / bra
  • Leggings
  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve running t-shirt
  • Windproof jacket
  • Cap
  • Armband for iphone
  • Iphone charger
  • Earphones
  • Camelbak
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • Gels
  • Tissues / toilet paper
  • Chapstick
  • A cheap hoodie that can be tossed once the run starts
  • Food for afterwards
  • Spare clothes for afterwards

What am I forgetting???  What time should I head to the start area??? Just how long are the toilet queues going to be??? What is the weather going to be like??? Will my nerves push me on to finish in a good time OR make me want to pee every 3 km???

Ughhh… there’s nothing like the lead up to a girl’s first marathon 😀

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  • Reply
    March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Lehes kirjutas et jooksjad peavad soodat sööma ja kurgisoolvett jooma :9 Edu!

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      March 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Soolast ma saan aru aga milleks sooda???

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        March 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        20 g tühja kõhuga enne jooksu veega ära juua, aitavat piimhapet madalal hoida. Eilne The Times 2 kirjutas pika loo.

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          March 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

          Uurisin, see teeb paljudel kohu lahti, jatan proovimata 🙂

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    March 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I hate taper, too! Oh, and it doesn’t get any better no matter how many marathons you’ve run. 😉
    Just wondering about the medical clearance…is that a requirement for just this marathon or is it common in Europe? I have only ever run US races and have never come across that.
    Good luck!

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    March 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Eeek so nerve wracking – looks like you have thought of everything. I’d add wet wipes rather than/as well as tissues (just in case you do need the loo – also nice to wipe your face if you get hot and sweaty – I had them in a little plastic jiffy bag safety pinned to my waist pack thanks to a tip from shazruns- you could attach it to your camelbak) and how about safety pins for your number (or is it printed on your shirt?).

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