“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane.....

  In approximately 6hrs I will be boarding an airplane heading to sunny Phoenix, Arizona!!  The purpose of the trip: P.F. Chang's Rock & Roll Half Marathon. I am beside myself!  This Sunday I will hopefully set a PR and finishing sub 2hrs.  I've trained hard.  I feel ready.
I ran my first half in November of '09.  I didn't really even train for it. It was a last minute decision.  I felt pretty good the whole race, kept a steady 10min mile pace.  I didn't "waste" time at the food or drink stations(huge mistake). My legs didn't start to feel heavy until about mile 11.  My goal was just to finish. I told hubby to start looking for me to finish in about 2hrs 20 mins.  Much to my suprise I finished 2hrs 11 mins.  I was very proud of myself and I felt physically pretty good.  By the time I got home, I felt like I had just come off a 3 day bender and had the hang-over from Hades!! It was horrible!  I went straight to bed to try and sleep it off.  I found out later it was because I let myself get dehydrated.  It took me a couple days to fully recover.
Thankfully that is behind me,  I have spent the last few months reading about proper hydration and nutrition for halfs.  Starting with light carb loading 48 hours out.  Carb loading is something I have NEVER had a problem with.
Matt Fitzgerald writes a lot of articles for Runner's World, and he wrote a fantastic article about the 48hrs pre-race, it is posted on the website for the R&R Half.  Click HERE to read it. This time I am prepared.  I know exactly when to drink and when not too.  I will be armed with knowledge and  Tri-Berry GU!
I'm wearing my running shoes and my favorite sports bra on the plane, just in case my luggage doesn't arrive when I do. Everything else can be replaced.
Have a happy Thursday! The next time I post, it will be from warm and sunny AZ!


Check out the charming  Teamarcia's, I Declare giveaway . Ends Midnight January 22

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I want to know:
How do you prepare the 48hrs before a big race?
Grace and peace,


Morgan said...

When traveling to a race I always pack a back pack with my race gear, that alleviates the stress of loosing luggage.

I also GU ever 5 miles, so for a half I would GU at Mile 5 & 10. That's more than enough for me and has worked like a charm in half's and the full.

I will admit that I kinda suck at carb loading, it makes me feel so full! But I always carb load the day before starting with a bagel for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner. Then pb, banana & toast for breakfast.

Good luck girl! You will do great!!!

Teamarcia said...

Good luck and have the BEST time!
For a 1/2 I eat a little something, maybe 1/2 a bagel but right before the start I take a GU.
Then I split a GU 1/2 around mile 5, the other at 9 or so.

For a full I focus on hydration the entire week before. Carbs a couple days before, i don't spend tons of time on my feet in those final days, I pretty much GU every 5 miles or 45 minutes. At about 19 miles I do a GU IV...just kidding...but I would if I could.

Thanks for the link! : )

Melissa said...

I have no advice, but want to say GOOD LUCK!! I hope you have a blast and get your PR!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Good Luck... you'll kick ass!!!


Ha! Both of our posts have the same title today!! Good luck racing this weekend!

Christina said...

How did it go? I thought of everybody yesterday morning as I still laid in bed. Maybe next year I'll run the race too. I just love all the excitement.

It's supposed to rain today, actually all week but the weathermen often have the AZ weather wrong.

Christina said...

I know what you mean about feeling like a kid in a candy shop. I love expos. I bought compression sleeves at the expo and wore them after my Saturday run.

Mary said...

Good Luck!!
I drink a lot of water, try to not think about the race and just go about my business and center myself with reading or prayer!! You will rock it!!

Heather said...

Hope the race went well on Sunday! Prerace, I like to picture myself running along the route - I study the map and pick landmarks or points where I can tell myself Only x number of miles to go.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I can't wait for your race report!

Allison aka Scooty's Mom said...

Hope your race went well!!

Robin said...

Looking forward to reading your race (and travel) recap!

Tricia said...

Looking forward to the recap!

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