Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blue Ridge Marathon - 3 days to go!

72 hours from now I'll be at the starting line for the Blue Ridge Double Marathon.
I'm actually feeling pretty good about the race, though I'm sure I'll regret that statement at some point over the next few days. I did 2 marathons as part of this training cycle, New South Marathon and Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh 8 days apart, and while they both were tough races, I wasn't completely wiped out by either of them, so I'm definitely stronger than I was for last year's marathons. This week I've been focusing on the logistics for the race, including how far my hotel is from the start line (less than a quarter mile), what time I need to be at the start line (12:45 am), all the required gear for the first lap (headlamp, reflective gear, blinking light, hydration, nutrition and cell phone), and any gear I want to swap between the two races (I'm going to pack for a full outfit and shoe change).
One thing that is certainly still up in the air is the weather... currently the forecast doesn't look too terrible. I've done a marathon in the rain before, so I'm sure I can make it through another one if I have to and frankly, I'd prefer to have an overcast day than the original 75 degree day they were forecasting last week. I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed that we don't have any thunderstorms until we get through the races.
The only other thing I'm still mentally trying to wrap my head around is the elevation change - 7,430' over the marathon, which means 14,860' change over the entire distance I'll be covering on Saturday. I did a training run last Saturday at one of the local trails that had 4,491' elevation change and it kicked my butt, so that may have been the one area I'll look back on and say I should have done more, but nothing I can do about it now!
So for now, I'll focus on what I can control - packing all my goodies (and probably way too many extra things since I'm driving up there), hydration and good sleep leading up to the race. I'm sure Friday will bring on some anxiety, but right now, I'm just ready to run!

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