December 13, 2007
a very bad day for any kind of communication, especially wireless
For the last several hours, I've been unable to reach certain websites, including this one. The problem seems to be over, so now I can rant and complain about whatever I like.
The weekend weather still calls for stiff headwind over the entire last half of the course. This makes the prospect of a negative split even scarier, but in the middle of the night last night it occurred to me that a good tailwind might let me go out conservatively and expend even less energy than I normally would, leaving more energy for the headwind in the second half. Yeah, that sounds good, right.
More little crap to worry about: the person we were going to ride with to Jacksonville sent a bail-out email yesterday: instead of driving he's going to ride with someone else, could we possibly find a way to get to Jax ourselves? I wouldn't mind much except 1) we don't have a reliable car and he knows it, and 2) we're sharing our hotel room with him, so this is a real putzy move on his part. So we drop what we're doing and rent a car. It's not that big a deal, just annoying.
Meanwhile, during these little six-milers this week, my easy pace has been going down and down, even in warmish weather and no company and little in my head other than Tall Dwarfs' "Senile Dementia," which isn't all that fast of a song. I try to put all this crap like weather and other people right out of my head, leaving lots of room for the now.
Posted by joe positive at December 13, 2007 11:09 AM
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I think the best thing would be to not check the weather before a marathon and just deal with it as it comes. Yeah right! But wouldn't it be nice if it were possible? Heh.
You are in sub-3:10 shape. I have no doubt. Now get out there and make us proud(er)!
Posted by: Salty at December 13, 2007 11:44 AM
Use that tailwind to relax and run efficiently on pace in the 1st half. Tuck in and share pace duties in the 2nd half. Don't be afraid to speak up to a stranger to suggest working together!Put the weather out of your frontal lobe and allow your body to perform the way you've trained it to.
That is disappointing about your ride and motel arrangements. At least it wasn't a very very last minute bail out.
Posted by: Ray at December 13, 2007 12:15 PM
Marathon advice fwiw
1) Wait til the last 5k of the race to start planning the most exquisite way of getting revenge on the putz
2) Don't worry where the other lasses are, until you are in front of them
3) Enjoy - I'll be quietly willing a tail wind for you the whole 42195
Posted by: steve at December 13, 2007 4:13 PM
I agree w/ Salty. You're in 3:10 shape, if not 3:00 flat. All-in-all, if it's windy, it's windy. Find a group of runners to hook up with for the first 20, take turns breaking the wind, and then every runner for themselves last 10k.
All-in-all, you're in great shape: I know, you know it, you'll get there. I believe it...
Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at December 13, 2007 10:11 PM