Whoa! How is it race week already?
I spent the early part of this week in deep denial that I'm actually running a marathon this weekend. Then I started stress-googling about the course. The elevation chart on the Kentucky Derby Festival website looks like this:
Which, obviously, worried me a little. But then I noticed that the x-axis looked really wonky (the course is only 26.0 miles long?) and is notched every 2.9 miles, and suddenly I realized that what looks like a nearly vertical incline can't possibly be so. (This week in y-axis tomfoolery, this went viral for inverting the y-axis, therefore inverting the whole meaning of the graph.)
Anyway, I wanted to know just how bad that hill was going to be, so I used the "marathon time conversion" feature on findmymarathon to compare the NYCM course to the course I'll be running on Saturday. What was previously a horrible, terrifying hill at mile 12 now looks about as intimidating as the Queensboro bridge.
The course looks mostly flat, but the calculator predicts I'll run Kentucky about 7 minutes slower. Whatever, I feel pretty decent about my PR potential on Saturday.
Outside of this, I haven't done much this week to prepare for the race. It's kind of funny how wired I was about NYCM, compared to how relaxed (possibly too relaxed) I feel about this one. Kathryn compared the difference between your first & second marathons to having a second child, and I completely get it -- I've done it before, so I'm probably fine. Right?
I've spent the past few weeks distracted by work and life issues and not very focused on running or my marathon goals. I walked around the house just before bed last night gathering various race-day objects and noticing how little prep I've done: My watch wasn't charged, my clothes weren't clean, and everything was a big mess. Still, I know my tendency to get weird about my gear is a coping thing I do when I'm anxious, so I should take my disinterest in these things as a good sign. In any case, I am looking forward to getting a little bit more focused about this race before I line up on Saturday morning.
My motley crew of marathon spectators is hitting the road at about 3:30 today to get into Louisville by midnight tonight. We are armed with music, podcasts, and lots of snacks. Tomorrow I want to get in a quick shakeout run around Louisville, go to the expo, and eat as much as I can.
Eating: For my first marathon, I ate mostly not-carbs for a few days before carbo-loading (explained by Hollie here). I have no idea if it worked for me; my race went really well and I never came close to hitting the wall, but I felt gross before the race and maybe over-did it on the carbs in the 2-3 days before the race (I was craving salad, vegetables, and eggs.) This time I'm eating pretty normally, though I had pasta for dinner last night and lunch this morning and plan to eat a carb-centric lunch tomorrow afternoon.
I also have a bunch of half-finished posts in my drafts folder about my entire taper, the Mountains-to-Sea 12 miler, and goals for race day, so I'll do my best to get caught up and check in here again before race day.