It’s here – The Vermont City Marathon is two days away. HOLY Sh!T! When I first started to seriously think about VCM back in the Fall, I never thought this day would come. After the failed attempt last summer, every PDR was like waiting for the next shoe to drop. Was my knee going to hold up? Can my body take the stress of long distance running? Thankfully, the shoe never did drop. I made it 16 weeks, 535 miles, 3 pairs of shoes, numerous snowstorms and black ice, way too many treadmill miles, a few runs pushing the kiddos in the double stroller, four races and two big a$$ blisters to the point where I am now – ready to run my first full marathon.
So imagine what happened when Ron texted me yesterday to say he just saw a man floating down a street in Burlington in a canoe on the news. Oh yes. There is major flooding happening there and the forecast is calling for rain and temps around 50 degrees all weekend.
Running in crappy weather is nothing new to me but I still panic about what to wear. Any advice on what to wear in those kind of conditions?
I have goals for this race as I mentioned last week in my What’s Beautiful post.
A Goal: Have fun, run with a smile, and go as fast as I can. I want to enjoy every mile of my first marathon. Essentially, my A Goal is to finish.
B Goal: Finish sub 4:00 hours. I really think I can achieve this goal but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. The course has more hills than I’m used to so that will definitely play a factor.
C Goal: This is a big, big dream. According to the training plan I followed, I should finish in 3:36. That just seems really, really inaccurate to me. However, according to the McMillan Running Calculator, I should finish in 3:45 based on my most recent half marathon time. If I did that, I’d have a BQ. My C Goal feels kind of far fetched and will depend on a lot of factors. If it happens, of course I’d be over the moon!
My nerves are all over the place right now. One minute I feel confident and ready to go. The next, I’m second guessing myself and my training. Gah!
Deep breath. Big smile. Here we go!!!!
Does anyone have any last minute advice for me?