Friday, July 29, 2016
36 Hours to the Marathon!
I need a sub 3:30 finish to qualify for Boston. I'll be shooting for a 3:27. I think there are 3:30 and 3:25 pace groups. I'll stay ahead of one and behind the other. After 20 miles, if I feel good (or not too bad), I can pick up the pace. That probably won't happen.
My brother is injured...so no first marathon finish for him. He'll be my crew and cheerleader. Since this is a trail course, without many spectators or aid stations, it'll be nice to see someone along the trail 2-3 times. A fresh batch of GU gels, or RunGum, will be nice. Hopefully I can settle into a good pace inside the 2+ mile tunnel near the start. Then toss the headlamp and go for another 23 miles. Simple.
Wish me well. Boston or bust! If it's not a successful Boston time, it may be a spectacular bust.
Note: Two hours after the marathon, we have tickets to the Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy match. That could be a tough couple of hours sitting in stadium seats. Hope they have pizza and beer.