All onboard! Next stop DC

Please note this was written Friday March 16th at the airport but not posted until days later due to Internet

First I would like to brag how I made it to the airport from my house in 11 minutes, through TSA in 12 and to the gate in 6 for a total from house to plane in under 30 minutes! I guess this is one perk to early flights. Early wake up not so much…. Yes it was only 5:55 alarm and it was rough. I blame the boyfriend! Back in my single lady living in the city days I used to wake up at 5am, run, and be at work at 7am…. What happened to me… I guess chasing the cat around the house until midnight doesn’t help 😉

Or things like this:

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Best part of travel is my excuse to support evil caffeine pushing entities 😉

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I’m going to share a possibly unethical secret. Recently I noticed that Starbucks starting charging like 69 cents for soy milk New England and NYC ( for real how dare they). I think the surcharge is waved if you have one of those Starbucks frequency or membership cards. You could do that but I’m one of those mess in a purse people so the last thing I need is another card to carry and lose. However, if you ask for soy milk after they hand you the coffee they rarely charge you after you already paid. Personally I think it should be out with the regular dairy milk. I think it’s fair enough when I’m already paying 3 bucks for my ice coffee 🙂

Running recap Wednesday & Thursday
Wednesday 6 miles – incline 3 – 52 min 55 seconds – 6.8 average pace

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Thursday 7.5 miles – incline 2 – approx 62 min – 7.2 average pace

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I stopped the treadmill at 7 miles but decided that since this is my last run before The Marathon I should probably cool down.

I did a final foam roll

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And finalized my decision that I’m going to race this Saturday, not just train tempo but race. Work has been getting busy and won’t improve much until the tax deadline. I’m at the peak of my training and taking a week off from training won’t ruin my ability to run Boston. I won’t have much time for more than an hour run except for weekends in the next few weeks. Since I’m at the peak of my training, I might as well make the best of it.

My ultimate goal is of course for a BQ (quite lofty for a first marathon) but my official goal is to finish. During my training runs I got down to an 8:10 pace on flat surface. I know I have the ability now to get it down to 8 minute mile. I went from 9 minute pace on long runs to 8:10 on my best run to date (I was a bit sore for a few days). However I know that most likely DC won’t be a BQ for a few reasons.

1. It’s going to be 75 degrees and all my long runs have been in 45 degree weather. My water needs will obviously be much greater as I’m used to running with no water break until mile 18 or so.
2. I’m traveling and my schedule is disrupted.
3. I am not tapering… Completely and I plan on being a tourist and waking around the day before the race
4. The course is hilly for the first 13 miles and the turns seem a bit confusing when I looked at the course map

Sometimes just knowing that something is in my future is enough so instead I’ve come up with a few more reasonable goals.

1. First goal is to have fun
2. Stay hydrated and wear sunblock ( I guess this is more of a reminder)
3. Try to give each band on the course at least a small listen ( I’ll have my music/podcasts on me; but it is a Rock and Roll marathon after all)
4. Finish under 4 hours ( I need a time goal)
5. Visit the panda at the zoo (okay not a marathon goal but a DC goal)

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Packing for DC!

I’ve been internetless while traveling so I’m back tracking on updates. This was written March 15th, Thursday

My computer is currently being upgraded and reformatted by an (awesome) friend so I’m now typing on an iPad vs. my ghetto 5 year old laptop on 1 gig of ram. Good part is
iPad works much faster. Bad part is my typos have increased to an even higher level. I really am world’s worst typer.

So packing for DC I made a list edited more than twice

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Things I ended up taking
1 Two technical T-shirts
2. Two cotton tank tops which I might actually run in because even if sweaty wet they feel lighter than the tech shirts
3. One running skirt
4. One running shorts
5. One sexy dress for going out Saturday
6. One pair of casual shorts
7. One pair of Asics
8. Three sports bras
9. Fours pairs of socks, just in case
10 Four pairs of undies
11. Imodium to take pre-run just in case
12. Snacks because I’m always hungry
13. Hair straightener and leave in conditioner
14. Bikini incase of pool
15. Day purse
16. Flip flops
17. Compression socks for flying

Things I removed
1. More food I didn’t need
2. Shampoo body wash etc. Westin’s supply is good enough as long as I have my leave in
3. Heels – no desire to torture feet that way
4. Plastic bottle for protein mixes
5. More clothes I didn’t need

I guess in the end I packed more than I would have for a normal weekend get away but everything fit into a duffle bag or I was wearing so packing success in my mind.

Are you a light packer? What must you always bring? For me it’s food, leave in conditioner and hair straightener.