Monumental Marathon is 5 Days Away!
It’s hard to believe the Monumental Marathon is 5 days away! This means final race day preparation is in full swing. I have put in what training I could, taken sweat rates, developed my pre-race breakfast, and tested my gut with race day fuel experimentation. Now it’s time to focus on the course map, cut back on caffeine (although I tend to reach for decaf most often), nourish my body with plenty of carbohydrates, rest, and be ready to toe the line Saturday morning!
My training and race history is a less dependable gauge of fitness going into this marathon versus previous marathons, but I look forward to testing my marathon toughness none-the-less. My first fall test of fitness was back in September at the NSEF 10 miler. I ran the race with my coach, Matt Ebersole, to gain a better idea of how conditioned I was after a break from intense training. We had a great run and comfortably covered the distance in 1:04:45, 6:29 pace. I really tried to take advantage of this race being great mental marathon practice in taking aid station fluids and controlling pace when race emotion can tempt me to go out harder than I should.
The NSEF 10 miler followed with the Pike Township Race for Education 5k just over a week ago. The chilly, rainy morning made the thought of stripping down to race clothes less than inviting, but I ended up with a decent race. As the first female I covered the course in a 17:32. This race was a great opportunity to jump start my speed lacking legs and play with a pre-race fueling dose of concentrated beet juice.
Ever since the NSEF 10 miler my workouts have gradually gotten stronger and my thoughts of running a half marathon versus a marathon solidified with an official Monumental Marathon registration last week. A highlight of the Monumental Marathon weekend is that I get to enjoy it with family as my sister-in-law sets out to destroy her previous Monumental Marathon record.
I’m really excited to celebrate another marathon weekend right here at home!
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