Holy crap, this is happening

I’m crawling out from under my rock to remind you that I’m running a marathon on Sunday. The California International Marathon to be specific.

I have completed one full marathon before. Way back in 2006. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing at the time. I could go into details, but, quite frankly, I’m too lazy. I bring it up only to say that this sort of feels like my first full marathon. And that means it’s, uh, kind of a big deal.

I’m getting more excited with each passing day. And more nervous. I feel a lot more ready than I did 6 years ago, but still not as ready as I’d like to be. My training wasn’t perfect. I skipped runs. I ran slow. I ran far fewer miles than I had originally planned. That’s what my inner critic would say anyway.

Then again, maybe my training was sort of perfect. I skipped runs, cut back on miles and ran slow because that’s what my body asked me to do. As a result, I will line up on Sunday to run 26.2 miles injury free. Just 9 and a half months after giving birth and nearly a year without running.

And I’m pretty confident the training that did happen was enough to get me to the finish line. Only thing is I’m looking for more than completion. I’ve put a lot of thought into what my goals are and here’s the end result:

1) At a bare minimum I would like to not crap my pants. You think I’m kidding here, but emergency bathroom breaks have been my Achilles heel since having a baby. (And this coming from someone with a history of actual Achilles trouble.)

2) And while we’re on the subject of emergency bathroom breaks… I don’t want one. Sure, I’d prefer a port-a-potty to my pants. But, really, I’d rather just not have to go during the entirety of the race.

3) Because that shit’s (pun intended) just going to slow me down. And I will not be happy if this takes me more than 5 hours.

4) Really, I’d like to finish in 4:30. That’s my A goal. The calculators tell me this is possible. So I’m putting it out there for all the internet to see. Truthfully, I don’t really think it is. I’m going to try anyway.

5) Hopefully attempting #4 doesn’t result in the crash and burn. Because running a fairly even race is my final goal. This is where I need some help from all you seasoned marathoners out there. How do you like to FEEL at various stages of the race? Somehow I need to figure out I’m pushing too hard and adjust before it’s too late.

Also – to all the CIM veterans – any other tips?

26 thoughts on “Holy crap, this is happening

  1. My last marathon was 2006 too. And you’ve so got this. Sounds like your training was perfect!!! I am so excited. I want pictures and details. Let’s see those bloody toenails. and I want to hear about the after-race food. That’s exciting too!! Bravo.

    • Oh there will be pictures and details! Given my recent track record (no pun intended this time), it may take me a year and a half to actually write the recap. But it’ll get done eventually.

  2. I have every confidence that you will be fleet of foot and and happy of heart with your marvelours run – blessings! I am truly impressed…

  3. Hey–I’ll be there with you! I have a post up that talks about the CIM course, actually, and links to what an elite had to say about it last year.

    Good luck on Sunday–I hope you achieve ALL of your goals!

    • Well, I don’t know about “with”… you’ll be way in front of me! Ha! But thanks – I did read your post and it reminded me to still be nervous about the hills! I just checked back and noticed you had a link to your friend’s report so I’ll have to check that out!

  4. I tend to get a very, very nervous tummy before races so poop is my Achilles Heel as well. I’ve started doing half doses of Imodium the night before and the morning of races and it has helped a lot.

    Good luck!

    • Imodium…hmm… I hadn’t thought about that. I think I’m going to get up early and drink some coffee with the hope that I can clear everything out before the race starts. Oh poop… gotta love it.

  5. Stop making me laugh so hard with all the poop references. I’m a little fragile over here.

    I’m hardly a seasoned marathon runner. I only ran one and I distinctly remember Dori from Finding Nemo singing “just keep running” over and over again in my head. Then again, I did run the Disney Marathon, so I guess that makes sense.

    GOOD LUCK! 🙂

  6. Good for you! I probably won’t ever run a marathon in my life, much less 9 months after a baby!

    Good luck with the poop situation. I had a hard time making it through wal-mart without pooping my pants, i cant imagine running 26 miles, hahaha.

    • Well, you don’t have to run a marathon to be a super mom Ms. Three Kids! (And Walmart is freakishly big. You might have walked 26 miles through that thing.)

  7. oh, man. i’ve been reading some early descriptions of the race weather and hoping Ruby isn’t left without a mom tonight. YIKES!!!!

  8. Hi Laura! Catching up on blogs… hope CIM went well for you. Sounds like the weather was pretty awful. I’m running my second in January that also feels more like my first because I didn’t train very well for the first one. Getting nervous.. 🙂

    • I did go well – thanks! Good luck in January! I’m so surprised this is your second marathon. For some reason I thought you had run tons and tons of them. I’m sure you’ll do great!

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