The first of my three major events in this whole “Operation Marathon” is today. I have another half in Tucson in a few weeks and the full 26.2 in New Orleans in February. But the first one? Is today. 13.1 miles through part of Huntsville. The race starts at 8am and I’m proud I slept until 5am. I already have my number and my shirt, now I just need to cross the finish-line to get my finisher’s medal. I’m scared shitless and also really emotionally overwhelmed that I’m actually doing this. ME? ME! 13.1 miles! That’s a lot more than once around my block.
The weather is going to start out chilly and wet and get cold and dry:
Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then cloudy skies this afternoon. Cooler. Morning high of 59F with temps falling to near 45F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60
The detailed forcast shows the rain letting up between 9am and noon. About the time I’ll finish. I’m averaging 12-minute miles on my long run, so if I keep that pace, I’ll finish around 10:37am. But with the cold and the rain, I’ll probably go even slower. I just want to finish. Alive. My blisters are still causing me issues and I’m sure 13 miles on them is going to make it worse. That’s my biggest concern, my poor blistered feet. After that its my right knee and right hip which like to take FOREVER to warm up in warm weather, if its cold and rainy it may be mile 4 before they start function normally.
Wish me luck. I’ll try to upload a picture using my cell-phone of me with my finisher’s medal…so, if you don’t see an updated entry – check the Flickr box on the top of the sidebar because that’s where the picture will show up.
sigh, is it too late to back out?