Just finished my final preps for the marathon tomorrow morning. I’m feeling very positive about this race since the weather is shaping up to be as good as you can hope. The forecast tomorrow is sunny, starting in the mid-40s and finishing in the mid-50s. Winds are expected to be light, 3 – 6 mph. Really can’t ask for anything better than this. My only regret is that I didn’t bring my sunglasses.
Been carbo-loading all week on pasta and breads. Also, been keeping hydrated pretty well. Considering I’m traveling, I feel I ate relatively healthy this week. I’m pretty sure I’m fueled well and topped off at this point. Sleep has been erratic this week, never really got over the jet lag. However, counting the long naps in the late afternoons I’ve been taking, I’ve been getting about 7 – 9 hours of sleep a day. I certainly don’t feel sleep deprived. Hopefully, tonight I can get some decent sleep, but usually that is difficult the night before the marathon. I plan to do about 20 minutes of light yoga before bed, so hopefully that will help relax me. One positive is that we turn back the clocks one hour tonight due to daylight savings time, giving me an extra hour to sleep.
Logistics tomorrow are a bit cumbersome. I need to leave the hotel around 4:40 AM and catch the subway to the Staten Island Ferry. From there, I take a ferry to Staten Island, then have to catch a bus to the starting line. Then you go through security, check in your clear plastic bag they provided you, maybe grab a coffee in the runner’s village and wait a couple hours before getting into your corral. So it makes for a long morning of anticipation.
As you can see below, I’ve completed my preps for tomorrow. Also, trimmed the toenails, learned this important tip from previous marathons to avoid the bloody sock.
Good luck to all marathoners this Sunday!