I learnt two valuable lessons today:
1. I need more calories before and after a run. I felt terrible all day today:
Eventually I had some Powerade as a last resort:
2. When replacing those calories – don’t get in the way of Mr The Rake:
Here’s a conversation we had at 11am:
Him – Kate, I want to wash the floor. Do you need anything from the kitchen?
Me – No
Him – You realise that if I wash the floor you can’t go in there?
Me – Yes
Him – So you can’t go into the kitchen for at least half an hour. Are you SURE you don’t want to get anything before I start?
Me – Yes
Me – Hey Rake, I’m hungry
Ok, so a couple for questions for you experienced and/or knowledgeable runners.
To marathon or not to marathon with this baby?
Yesterday, I filled it with powerade, and it was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I didn’t have to wait to get to a tap, I didn’t have to worry about drinking enough because I could just have more when I wanted it.
I’m wondering if I should run with it, and then pick up water at the drink stations? I’m pretty bad at drinking from the cups, so minimising this seems good.
Then again, who wants to run with extra stuff on them if they can avoid it?
This is what I’m apparently capable of:
I’ve tried heaps of calculators, and this is what I get for almost all of them.
To do this, I have to run consistently at about 10.8km/hour. (Remember that km to miles calculator is down the bottom for the metric illiterate
My 10k pace is about 12km/hour.
Yesterday’s run was 8km at about 10.8/10.9 km/hour, followed by 10km/hour (and about 8 up those hills!).
Is taper effective enough to let me run the whole thing that fast, or am I kidding myself? I would love to run a sub-4, but in reality, finishing, at any time, will be the most amazing thing ever.
This is really where I want to ask the people who have done this. I realise nothing is definite, but some advice is appreciated! My main concern is that I don’t want to start out too fast.
Even if you haven’t done one – thoughts?!
My plan was to run with a pace group – I’m a social person (really?!) and running with others will help a lot. Especially if I am determined to keep up with them.
Me – So how long have you been running?
Them – silence
Me – Is this your first marathon?
Them – silence
Me – I’m really looking forward to a huge breakfast after this, and maybe some booze. If I don’t collapse of course. You know I have a blog? I think I have a card in my Spibelt…
Them – F*** off
Melbourne has 10 minute pace groups – there is one for 3:50:00, and one for 4:00:00. I was hoping for a 3:55:00 group, but no joy! So do I go for the faster, or the slower?
Mr The Rake and I went to get gelato – it was the perfect spring day
Do you have any strange eating habits?
When do you know your other half is about to strangle you?
What was the highlight of you weekend?
How fast should I go?!