Ugh! The last 20 miler! I ran a whopping 10.5 miles and it almost killed me. We’ve all had those horrible runs and this was one of them for me. It was so bad, I came home, showered, and didn’t get off the couch all weekend! I’m not sure what hit me but it wasn’t fun.
How was your last 20 mile training run? We had beautiful weather but a lot of people had bad runs. Did you have any problems? The weather was great and my run was not. I made it 5 miles before I turned around and walked back to my car. Knee pain was escalating and I didn’t want to push it. There’s a lot of popping/clicking along with it. Dr. Tom told me to get an MRI to see if it’s the meniscus. I have no idea what I’m going to do at this point. I went out for a hike at the Arcadia trails today and ended up running 9 miles with no pain at all. I don’t understand it. Maybe I’ll just stick to dirt until the marathon.
Have you figured out your nutrition for the marathon? 6-7 Huma gels and water every is the plan.
Are your goals and expectations the same as we come down the home stretch to the big day? At this point I think it’s just make it to the starting line and same day finish. I need to get this first marathon monkey off my back.
Age: 42 (will be 43 in January)
How was your last 20 mile training run? Well…it was my ONLY 20 mile training run. I’ve been conservatively increasing my mileage to keep from re-injuring my knee. The run was GREAT!
We had beautiful weather but a lot of people had bad runs. Did you have any problems? I had a really good run. I surprised myself. The only hiccup was with 3.5 miles to go, my ankle rolled and I kissed the pavement on Classen in front of the 7-11. I was able to pick myself up, along with my ego and finish.
Have you figured out your nutrition for the marathon? I do believe I have my nutrition plan in place. Definitely sticking with the Gu gels every 45 min. and will be taking in Gatorade/water at each stop.
Are your goals and expectations the same as we come down the home stretch to the big day? I expect to run slower than my goal of 3:45, but still think I can come in under 4:00.
How was your last 20 mile training run? We had beautiful weather but a lot of people had bad runs. Did you have any problems? Since I have been experiencing some pain in my right quadriceps/hip area and the top of my right foot, my goal was to just complete the last 20 mile training run and not worry about my pace. I was pleased with completing the run at an average pace of 9 minutes per mile.
Have you figured out your nutrition for the marathon? I have a plan for my nutrition and hydration which includes Huma Chia Energy Gels and lemon lime Powerade® Sports Drink. I plan on carrying the Powerade® in a soft Ultimate Direction® Body Bottle. I plan to swap bottles at mile 6 from a friend and then use the the Powerade® at the water stops for the last half of the marathon.
Are your goals and expectations the same as we come down the home stretch to the big day? I’m sticking with my original goal which was to finish in under 4 hours. I’m also keeping my original stretch goal of 3:45. One of the consistent pieces of advice I’ve heard is to not go out too fast.
My run on Saturday was GREAT! I have never felt such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! I averaged 40 seconds per mile faster than two weeks ago, PR’d on my half marathon time by four minutes, and felt like I could have kept going when I got to the end. I finished feeling ready for the marathon and knowing I could do it! Now… Let’s just hope the weather is as perfect on race day as it was on Saturday. I do have to give props to two people, Terry and Chad. Without Chad having saved my butt on nutrition that morning (nothing like remembering the night before at 10pm that you are completely out of nutrition) and Terry motivating me around mile 10 to not stop and keeping me well paced and entertained the entire time, I wouldn’t have done near as well as I did. I really credit both of them to my success on Saturday!
I am keeping my nutrition at a gel pack every five miles and plan on having the hubby at mile 17 or so with a banana on race day. The key for me is my diet the week of the race and not letting myself have anything that could affect my stomach on race day. That has been my biggest issue on having a good time… bathroom breaks. Ugh. The struggle is real…
My goal is still an 11 minute mile (I believe that is a time of 4:48) for race day but could possibly come in under that based on this week’s run. Ultimately, I want to finish in five hours or less. The biggest key for me will probably be the weather that day. I don’t do as well in heat and too strong of a head wind kills me as well. All that being said… I am excited for the race!!!