HOLY COW marathon day is almost here!
While we were at The Louvre I saw a statue of a tired looking guy and thought to myself, “he looks like he just ran a marathon.” Turns out it was the statue of Mr. Marathon himself.
I am so thankful that I’ve had a wonderful vacation to distract me from thinking about the Portland Marathon too much because every time I do I am hit with a wave of hardcore nerves.
After I came back to the hotel from my last run through London I started telling Adam about running the hills and bridges in the area. He laughed and said, “I would pay money to hear the commentary going through your mind when you hit the bridge at mile 17 in Portland!” Thanks, honey! : )
I’m actually not to worried about St. John’s bridge in Portland. I’ve run my local bridge at the end of long runs to prepare for that — in addition to Tower Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and others in London! But there are plenty of things I AM worried about:
1. I Am Worried About the Gentle Hills of Portland.
I’m glad I got to run some hills in London so that I sort of know what to expect in Portland. I honestly don’t think there are many hills… but the reviews seem to be mixed. Some people say there are more hills than they expected while others say the course was pretty flat except for the bridge and mile 5 hill. I guess it all depends on what you are used to training on.
2. I Am Worried About Whatever Happens After Mile 20.
I’ve only run one 20-miler during the course of training, and it went spectacularly well. I honestly could not have asked for a better experience. That being said, what are the odds that I have the same amazing experience on race day? Can that happen twice in a row?
And what the heck happens after mile 20??!?!
Miles 21-26 are part of The Unknown and they worry me! Six more miles is a long way to go!
3. I Am Worried About Fueling Properly on Race Day.
Fueling properly is a huge problem for me. I’ve been working on it a lot during this marathon training cycle and I attribute my really good 20-miler to proper fueling. I hope I don’t mess up on race day!
I wish the Portland Marathon had some sort of fuel available at aid stations, but they only offer beverages so I will need to carry everything I am going to eat with me. For my 20-miler I had TWO bags of Honey Stinger chomps which makes me wonder if I should bring THREE bags on race day? That seems excessive but I guess it’s better to be over-prepared!
While thinking about fuel and hills definitely send butterflies to my stomach, I am most nervous about whatever happens after mile 20. Adding on six more miles to my longest ever long run seems crazy!
Scientifically I know that my body is prepared to handle the additional six miles… despite all the research my mind is going, but but but WHAT IF …
What if I am different than all the other people in the entire world who have ever run a marathon and my legs just fall off my body at mile 20.1?!
That would just be awful!
I have to keep reminding myself that my legs WILL NOT randomly fall off from soreness/tiredness and that by this time next week I WILL be able to call myself a marathoner!
For those who have run marathons before, what is mile 21 – 26 like? Be honest! I want to be prepared for what’s to come!