It’s the Final Countdown!

Yeah, I went there.  Enjoy.

Anywhoo… holy crap.  I will be running my first half marathon in two days.  Wow.  It feels totally surreal.  I laid out my A-B-C goals in my last post, so today I thought I’d share a little bit about my overall plan for Sunday.  I’ve made a packing list and checked it twice, so hopefully I won’t forget anything on the day.

Fuel:  I’ve decided to use Gu.  Other than the first flavor I tried (Vanilla), I have experienced no GI side-effects.  This was also the fuel that gave me the most noticeable pick-up/extra energy of the 3 types of fuel I tried. Happily, I finally found Salted Caramel Gu at my local Fleet Feet, so I’m ready to go!  I plan to eat them at miles 4 and 8, and mile 12 if I need a little help at the end.  I will also have Nuun in both the bottles of my hydration belt, so I can get my electrolytes on the go, and still get plain water at the water stations.


  • iFitness 16 oz hydration belt
  • Watch
  • Headphones
  • iPhone (for GPS and music)
  • Running Kit (stays with my checked gear or in the car)


  • Nike Rival 4″ shorts
  • Nike Dri-Fit tank
  • Smart Wool Socks
  • Panache sports bra
  • Brooks Nightlife Running Hat
  • Saucony Mirages
  • Sunglasses

The Plan

Body Glide:  Everywhere.  Feet.  Thighs.  Bra strap and band.  Under arms.  Waist (where shorts sit).  Hips (where built-in briefs sometimes dig in).  The last thing I want is to feel like hell just because of chafing issues.  Body Glide is my friend and I will use it liberally.

Start Slow and Remember Pacing:  My biggest fear is going out too fast and running out of gas before the end–this is a huge problem for me.  Most of my runs (long or short) have positive splits.  I wish I had a Garmin, because I would like to maintain a really steady 11 min/mile pace for the first 3-4 miles, just to really find my groove, before picking it up to 10-10:30 for the bulk of the race.  I REALLY would like to run the whole thing without walk breaks, but I may need to walk while drinking or fueling, so we’ll see.

Maintain a Positive Attitude:  As I said in my Tigger post the other day, I know that if I stay positive and have a can-do attitude going into a run or race, I usually perform much better.  I just need to make sure I don’t psych myself out.

Enjoy the Ride:  This is just the first of what I hope will be many half marathons that I will run over the course of my lifetime, so there’s no need to worry too much about the numbers.  No matter what, it’s a PR, which is awesome.  And I can always improve.

In other news, the race director emailed all runners this morning stating that there was a last-minute change to the route, which eliminates  “the toughest hills on the course” and went on to apologize because he knew we were all “really looking forward to them.”  I can’t tell if he was joking or not.  I, for one, am THRILLED to have less hills to contend with, especially considering that they never posted an elevation profile, so I didn’t know there WERE big hills.  Oy.

Does anyone have any last minute advice for my first half marathon?

Wish me luck!