The weather has been an issue for most peoples training and as of today it looks as though mother nature may actually be on our side come race day. 61 and partly sunny is the forecast. Of course this can change, but lets hope not.
I started my tapering a week ago, so this week of training was a lot of shorter runs with a lot of stretching and massaging my legs. Monday I did a quick 4 miles at an 8 min. pace. I didn't want to miss the start of the Penguins game so I was trying to just get the run done. Tuesday I did some foam rolling followed by an electric massager on my calf muscles. Wednesday I took the day off and just relaxed. Thursday I met up with my friend Val and took her to do my hill workout. It was her first time doing a hill as big as the one I train on and she couldn't make it all the way up. Since I was in taper mode it didn't bother me and I was happy to walk a little with her. We tried to do the hill twice and then ran another mile afterwards. I will be taking her again this week to do the hill. I know she can do it, it will just take some time like it took me. Friday was another day of stretching and foam rolling. Saturday I decided to do my last medium distance run.
It was just 7 miles but I used it as my last dress rehearsal, and what I would consume before the race. I think I have found a really good combination of some super foods and supplements that keep me energized for a good amount. I will share my secret after the race. I want to make sure it actually holds up for the long distance before I release my secret. After my run I put on my compression sleeves and wore them most of the day, and it really helped with any pains that were left over.
I took a pic of my race outfit just incase anyone see's me stop over and say hi. I am in corral A and will be wearing bib number 635. Most people put their name above the number so fans can yell their name as they go by. My bib says "4 U DAD" . It is me paying homage to the person that got me to where I am and it is also me calling him out. I told him when he reads it make sure he knows it should say I am coming for you. I am coming to take down his best time in a marathon and I am coming to set a new PR for myself.
What you see in the Pic above is my Saucony shoes with matching Saucony racing tank, Zensah compression calf sleeves( these sleeves are what always works for me) my padded socks that just so happens to match the color of my shoes. Black running shorts with the matching black Under Armour head band. So if you see this color coordinated fool give me a holler if your a fan and if your a runner come stop by and say hello.
Thursday I will be posting some tips for race day that have helped me out a lot. So if this is your first marathon or first Pittsburgh Marathon they may help you out.
What corral are you in?
Are ready for the race? trained properly and took all the proper steps to ensure a good race?