Melbourne Marathon starts at 7 AM. I am planning to get up at 5 AM at eat breakfast then go to the race. BUT not tomorrow. Tomorrow I will get up at 7 AM and run at 9 AM.
A friend of mine gets up at 5.20 each day and goes to the pool where he walks laps. I certainly lack the will power to do this. Maybe that is why he is a 2.30 man whilst I never broke 2.50. Although that was 30 years ago. Now he walks laps of a pool! Could anything be more boring?!
For the Melbourne Marathon I will be wearing by brand new Spartan Club Running singlet ($45… Not cheap). I will not wear it tomorrow as I believe a Spartan should only wear the Sacred Singlet on the actual day of the Melbourne Marathon. But I will wear my reasonably new shoes….I ran 29 Km on Wednesday in them and they felt ok….maybe not fast but then neither am I. I remember reading about Shorter winning the Olympic Marathon in Munich wearing light racing flats….but he was out there for a little over 2 hours and was a lot lighter in weight than me….plus he was Frank Shorter. Heavier shoes are the go for me I think. Heavy cushioning is what I will need at the end of the race. I will wear my brand new ( but cheaper) Japanese Club gold racing singlet. Namban Rengo is the name of my club In Tokyo. Looks rather classy I think. 🙂
I plan on a breakfast of two pieces of jam toast,a banana, a glass of water with a Barocca tablet ( Vit B) and a cup,of coffee. I also plan to take a gel 30 minutes before the start tomorrow. If this breakfast does not work for me I will try something else.
Tomorrow I plan to run at 20 seconds per Km slower than race pace. I think this is acceptable. I should have no trouble with running faster on race day at least for the first half. I can run sub 5 minute pace ( 8 min mile pace) with ease for the first half. it’s the second half I worry about. I lack stamina and will power. Couple of things it’s good to have when you run a Marathon.
I am not sure how far I will run tomorrow. I would like to run 35 Km but I know I am inclined to wimp out so often on this type of thing I may settle for 32 Km. Will that be enough? I don’t know.