Sign me up! I am ready to taper…

I have written in the past about my problems getting ready for the fall marathon.  The last 18 mile run went rough.  I didn’t eat right before hand, and the last 4 miles were grueling similar to the last 6 of the marathon.  I also didn’t hydrate well during the run.  Since then, I missed the Madrid Milers 15 mile run last weekend due to cost as Laura starts class in 2 weeks and tuition was due.  I did a run to Ankeny last week and back (>12 miles) instead.

In the end, it came down to this weekend.  I had another 18 mile training run, and it had to go well for me to be confident and sign up for the Quad Cities Marathon.  I was more than a bit nervous — almost as much as last year’s 20 mile training run.   I tried to fix my fueling problem of the last time by having a great meal last night and snack — stirfry with peppers, onions, broccoli, sausage, and some ham.  I also asked the group run coordinator if they would willing bringing a bottle of PowerAde Zero to the water stops.    They agreed, so I was able to supplement with some electrolytes.  The weather was phenomenal and already in my prayers to be similar for the marathon day.

Today’s run went great.  For the first 13 miles, I ran a pretty consistent 9:05-9:15 even through the hills, which is my intended race pace.  I took the run easy and was listening about the upcoming Des Moines School Board elections on Steve Deace podcast– anything to get my mind of the run.  That changed at mile 13 when I took a different tack.  I started listening to my DamtoDam playlist at that point.  My pace went down to 8:45 per mile for the final 5 miles.   It feels very good to finish strong as opposed to weak.

It is official I am signing up for the Quad Cities Marathon.  I am not as prepared as I was last year, but like I mentioned to one of my ORF (Online Running Friends), I now think I can beat last year’s time, which was my only requirement for running one this Fall.  Thanks to all my friends for listening to me bemoan my situation up until this race.  Thanks to Chris Burch and Rob McGrath for providing water to the Capital Striders Des Moines Marathon running group this Summer / Fall training group — they made my readiness possible!  They have my definite appreciation!  Finally, my thanks go to Steve Deace for his podcast to run to when I am in between audio books.

I am ready!

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