5 days til the Austin Marathon! I'm feeling good about my training, Gilbert's Gazelles pushed me, but I've stayed healthy. I switched to Newton running shoes in April, I took the transition slow, but I love them now, I haven't had my typical IT band problems in a long time, and even my Achille's is feeling pretty good. I ran 20+ miles 3 times in training and all 3 went really well. The race day weather is looking cold, great for most runners, not so good for me, but it isn't forecast to be so cold I can't deal with it. I'm getting nervous and excited about the race, but that's pretty normal. Before my first marathon in 2010 I made a list of all the things I was looking forward to during the race, all of those are still true (except the parts about Ave H and 47th, because of slight route changes), but what I really loved in 2010 and what I'm most looking forward to this year is seeing friends spectating along the course!
Goals for the marathon this time:
1. Have Fun & Finish
2. PR over my 2010 marathon (5:26)
3. If I have a perfect day, I'd love to go sub 5:00
Good luck to everyone else running this weekend and an early THANK YOU to everyone planning to be on the course volunteering or spectating!