Monday, October 15, 2007

Six Days!

I can't believe it's almost here! In less than a week I will run past the Golden Gate Bridge, run along the Pacific Ocean and complete my first marathon!

I'm ready to tackle it head on and I'm not nervous about the race at all. The weather is another story. The forecast calls for Sunny and a high of 62 degrees. I couldn't ask for better weather! As silly as it sounds, what does one wear to run 26.2 miles with temps in the high 50's and low 60's? Will a long sleeve tech shirt work under my TNT purple singlet? I don't want to be too hot either.

I have heard that after the half marathoners split off and we head along the coast that the breeze can be chilly. Any confirmation on that(Shirley?)?

I know some of you will be in San Francisco this weekend. If you would like to try and meet up, email me (address on my profile) and maybe we can get together to say hi and for a picture.

I would say to just look for me, I'll be in purple, but as the largest TNT event, so will approximately 5,999 others.

For the seasoned veterans, Chris, Susan, Petra ,David, P.O.M., Shirley and others... Is there any last minute advice you care to share? I sure would appreciate it!

I hope to post while I'm in San Francisco, but we'll see how I feel.


At 9:51 PM, Blogger lizzie lee said...

MADDY!!!!! How exciting. I hope I could give you any advice, but I am a novice and my first marathon will be in 7 weeks.

My only humble advice (I will give to myself) is to think in the word "Courage" whenever you get tired. Keep going, keep going.

I wish you the best.
Take care

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

It's sooooo close I can't believe it! I envy you doing the full, largely because I think this will be such an amazing place to run and so much to see! I think the weather is going to work on our favor too, fingers crossed.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger MarathonChris said...

Wow, less than a week! You must be really psyched!

Gee, my extensive experience with one marathon....

I think a long sleeve will be too much (especially with a singlet over it) with temps in the 50s and 60s. You should be generating plenty of heat - I would think a singlet would be enough. If you are nervous anyway, wear a short sleeve shirt under the singlet. When I did Disney, starting temps were in the 50's and I was good with the singlet - but the humidity was 100% (it was foggy) and the high temp reached around 80.

Run the race like you trained. You are so ready for this! Hooking up with a pace group works well. Clif has some really good folks that work it.

Hmmm, get lots of rest 2 days before the race - you may be too excited to sleep the night before.

Have FUN!!! :-)

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Road Warrior said...

Maddy, you are so all over this marathon! From reading/experience, dress like it's 20 degrees warmer than the temperature as your body will warm up significantly and you'll get warm too quickly.

That, and I saw a great post today about dedicating miles to different people. That may be something to think about especially as you get closer to the 26.2 mark.

You've got this, Maddy. We're all behind you!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Hi Maddy,

The S.F. weather will feel quite cold to you at first coming from FL but it will feel perfect once you're running and warmed up. So what I suggest is layering so that you can remove things as needed. You will most likely only need the singlet after a few miles. So I'd recommend the tech shirt over your singlet (toss it, hand it off to someone you know or tie around your waist if you want to keep it), an old long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt you can toss without regret (better idea), or what I usually do is wear a big plastic garbage bag (or two) for extra warmth at the start and the first couple miles if needed (head sticking out, arms in or out, depending on how cold). Then after I'm warmed up, I tear the bag(s) off, tie into a ball and toss either at the start or at an aid station.

The breezes can be chilly but only my fingers get cold easily when I'm running so I often carry a light pair of gloves with me (just tuck them in either my shorts or jog bra strap). In 50-60 degree weather, though, once I warm up, I'm not usually going to need gloves. Your call ...

Good luck!!!

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Runner Gal Leana said...

Maddy, I can't believe it is so close!! Calgary is pretty well in those temps right now, or a bit cooler. It is definitely perfect running weather! I'm going for a short sleeve shirt and a running skirt, and probably a long sleeve that I can toss after the start (if I can find one I'm willing to part with). I don't think you'll need long sleeve all race as you'll definitely heat up as you keep running. It would be great to meet up, so I'll send you a note and we'll see what we can work out.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Petraruns said...

Oh Maddy - this is SO exciting! I will be thinking of you the whole time (well, I'll surely be dreaming of you while you run your marathon) and will keep checking the web for results. Put up the link where we can see results when you can? As for wear - I'm with the rest - you'll probably get really HOT so the best thing would be to wear one long sleeved top you can toss. I actually seem to be able to run with mine even when it's hot as they are so wicking so they're quite good. All other advice is good - just remember one thing - CHAFING! If you're going slort sleeve after wearing a long sleeve you may not have vaselined / bodyglided your armpits. Do that! And your thighs. There's a lot of friction that builds up over 26.2 miles and we want to see some glamour shots as you come across the finish line.

Sending you love, good vibes and happiness - remember to enjoy it. You'll only ever have one first one!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Keri said...

You are AWESOME!! I'm psyched for you but glad I still get 8 weeks to train for mine. Hydrate, goo and blocks, bodyglide, 20 degree rule - all very important. But the most important thing - HAVE FUN!!

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Marathon Maritza said...

I'm so excited for you!

While a singlet by itself would to be too little (especially at the start and nearer the water) you will definitely need a long sleeve tech shirt ON TOP of your singlet for the beginning. That way you can easily take it off and tie it around your waist. Some people are fans of the 'throw-away' shirt, but I ended up putting mine back on near the water, only to take it off again later on. So, it's really more of a personal choice.

But definitely have SOMETHING on top warmer than just your singlet that can easily be removed once you are warmed up. :)

You're gonna have a blast!

At 9:01 PM, Blogger IrishBlue said...

Maddy, best of luck with your first 26.2 miler!! I can't WAIT to hear about it.

I've only done a half, but I'd go with short sleeves, shorts, and lots of body glide personally.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger David said...

I ran 20 Sunday morning right off the plane from Florida in 45 degree temps with a slight breeze and sun. It topped at 60 when I finished.
I wore shorts and a short sleeve tech shirt. I didn't need gloves, a throwaway or another layer. And you know how thin I am.
On the other hand I stepped right out of the heated door onto the road and running so just plan on staying warm before the start. The ever-attractive garbage bag can do the trick.
Don't go out too fast. Common problem.
Relax at the start line. Don't jump around. Relax. Meditate.
Drink early rather than late. Never underestimate the wall and see if you can run around it. Relax and enjoy.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger P.O.M. said...

You are going to do great. David said it all- just relax and have fun. And don't try or do anything different than you did in training. Don't freak out about your time (i did that at the beginning, then had to slow down alot). Honestly, I totally zoned out after mile 10 until 23 or so.

Can't wait to hear about it!!! And take pics.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Susan said...

My only advice is to ENJOY IT!!! And try to be evenly paced!


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