You are all probably going to be saying “I told you so” if this race doesn’t go well, but I’m putting this all out here now because I don’t want to seem like I’m making excuses if it really sucks.
I already wrote about the cookie issue. To top off yesterday’s poor nutrition, I didn’t get much sleep last night. Last night, Boyfriend didn’t get out of work till 11 PM, which meant I didn’t even get to his place until midnight. We stayed up until about 2 AM, and I got up at 6:30 to fly out for the race. I don’t know which of those issues it is (nutrition or not enough sleep), but I’ve felt like crap all day. Really tired and really low energy. I actually fell asleep during the inspirational speech by John Stanton (I did stay awake for Kathrine Switzer, and got to meet her and talk to her and get an autographed copy of her book – that was the one good thing about my day. To pessimistically turn it around though, I had forgotten my camera and was pissed).
The weather in Niagara Falls didn’t help – it was pouring rain all morning (hard enough that I had trouble with visibility driving from Buffalo to Niagara Falls), and it was also just a bit cold. These things put me in a bad enough mood that when anything little went wrong, it just sucked more. The only major annoyance was the pasta party, where the sauce-to-pasta ratio was so ridiculously low that it made the pasta have almost no flavor. Don’t worry, I still chowed down on enough to give myself a stomachache, because my willpower sucks. I feel better now though and think I’ll be okay stomach-wise tomorrow morning.
On the brighter side, I didn’t touch any cookies today. I was pretty glad that Erin Baker’s Breakfast Cookies weren’t at the expo like they are for all the races on the West Coast – even though just the thought of cookies is sickening to me right now, I probably would have still eaten them and then regretted it. I did indulge in a little bit of frozen yogurt (I know, dairy = bad, but it really was just a little bit) at the expo because they invented some new high protein froyo for runners. Sadly, it’s only sold in Canada, though they’re trying to get it down to the US.
I have no idea what I’m aiming for as a goal time tomorrow. 4:20 is a good standby goal, because that was my approximate time for the last three marathons I did all in a row, but this course is supposed to be really flat and fast and a good BQ, and it’s my first marathon in two weeks so my legs shouldn’t be too tired. On the other hand, I haven’t done a long run since Hartford, and lately when I’ve been doing my short runs in the cold, I’ve been having trouble getting used to that cold-air-choking-you-in-the-back-of-your-throat sensation. Plus, the forecast still totally sucks:
Windy with showers and thundershowers. High 53F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 MPH. Chance of rain 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 MPH.
Yucky. Please note that the course runs northeast, so those 40 MPH winds will be in our faces and not at our backs. I hope I can stay warm and dry and keep moving forward.
Finally, when I asked at the front desk for late checkout, they said they could only do it if I paid $100. I said that was ridiculous, and then they noticed that I had elite status, so they offered that I could stay until noon but after that would charge me $100. Too bad the race doesn’t start till 10 AM so I’ll only be at mile 12 or so by noon – not too helpful! I’m going to try asking once more in the morning, but it looks like I’ll be passing on the post-race shower and just heading to the airport sweaty (though I will make sure to at least change into warm dry clothes). Yummy.
In brighter news, though I didn’t get to meet up with Marci at the pasta dinner, she just called and we’re going to try to meet up to take the bus to the start – hopefully it works out! I can’t wait to meet her and her husband 🙂 That just put me in a good mood, so I’m going to bed while it lasts.