I am LOVING reading all the 5K race reports and will have a full recap as soon as I can find some computer time. Please hang with me this week folks.... Speaking of Folks, WELCOME to the new Tall Mom Bloggy Pack Members 494...REALLY? Can we be 500 strong? That would be a GREAT Bloggy Mother's Day gift.. Speaking of Mother's Day. Come Back on Sunday for a Mothers Day Giveaway sponsored by my Mom Tall Grandma.
- SIDE NOTE:My Mom is the BEST!! Not only did she and Dad sleep in their motorhome and let us take over their house while we were nomads, today she saved us at the furniture store by taking the little Studs, then she babysat them while we shopped for a new TV and even did the dishes. THANKS MOM!!
Eugene Marathon Lessons:
- Although I do not recommend moving out of your home the week prior to a Marathon, if you do, make sure you find some AMAZING helpers so you are not moving boxes. I was on my feet packing all day, but hubby, bro-in-law, Dad and Mom did ALL the work. Love you guys!
-Banking sleep the week leading up to the Marathon is very important. Thanks to the move I was on vacation a few days before the Marathon. I took mid-day naps, went to bed early and slept in as much as the Little Studs would allow.
- Staying stress free is good for the body and mind. I remember the weeks leading up to my first Marathon I was a ball of nerves, I could not sleep, I could barely eat. Leading up to Eugene I focused on my training and knew that I had done all I could to prepare. I never got nervous!
- Changing what you eat the night before a Marathon is not a bad thing so long as you think about the food as fuel. A good balance of carbs and protein, nothing that will make the tummy turn. Boring food is best. The restaurant wanted the Marathoners to eat fettuccine with Alfredo, NO THANKS!! I had Grilled Chicken, white rice, veggies and salad.
-Staying in a hotel near the start line, driving the course, plotting out parking, purchasing a city map (if needed), and making a plan with spectators for support along the course, are important to success in an out of town race.
-Make a plan to pre-fuel so you will not run out of gas on the course. I took a Gu on the 5's and Chomps/shot Blocks as needed. Combined with sports drink and water I was well fueled for the entire 26.2.
-KNOW YOUR BODY!! I know that I start fast and get slower, with a kick at the end. My plan was to run in the moment and BANK TIME knowing that I could use those banked seconds later in the race. This plan helped me stay positive when I felt my body slightly fade. Lets review my 26.2 Stats shall we?
9- 8:13- HILL
17- 8:23- First Goal pace mile, all others I banked time
18- 8:37- I let myself slow to avoid the WALL
**My plan was to kick it up the last 3 miles, instead I did the last 2.2
Overall Place- 630/2,339
Division Place- 33/201
Gender Place- 131/1085
- The Marathon is 26.2 miles to connect with yourself, your Angels and Demons. It is so easy to slip into negative thoughts which quickly translate to negative performance. During the race I focused on the positive things I had done and learned about myself during training. Training my mind may have proved to be more important than the physical training. DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP!! Try to find the good things and believe in yourself.
-If you are going to pose at the Finish Line make sure it is the right Finish Line :) I am still curious about the finish line photo... TBD
- OK That is all I have for tonight... Since my vacation is coming to an end we are going to pack a lot in to finish up the house. I should be back to regular Bloggy land next week.
- Check Back on Sunday for a Mothers Day GIVEAWAY sponsored by Tall Grandma..