Its week zero, the Disney marathon is this Sunday. I mostly made my training objectives, but I’m changing strategy for the actual race. I had hoped to run it at my standard loping pace and complete in sub-5 hours. But in my longest training runs, I either wrung myself out or hit an impermeable wall at 20-21 miles. The furthest distance I’ve completed is 21 miles.
Therefore, I’m going to walk some in the race and plan to stretch and walk at least 5-10 minutes every hour. A colleague reminds me that if I don’t push myself to the wall, I can finish the last few miles in a walk. Better to do that than to not finish. Wish I had a couple weeks here to try the new strategy first.
Also, I’m going to carry and eat a bunch of food. In addition to my standard fare of quartered oranges, I’ll carry some runners jelly-tabs, and some protein-heavy trail mix. I won’t have to carry a water bottle, so I’ll have some additional carrying capacity.
I will have to bring some disposable clothes due to the predicted low-30’s temperatures. Several have recommended large hefty bags. I’m not even kidding.
Thanks everyone for the advice and encouragement. I can see the finish line.