Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Marathon Manifesto

I've come to realize over the past 10 months that running a marathon encompasses so much more than simply putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles. One of the most intimidating things to me about the marathon experience isn't the distance - it is the idea that so many things need to culminate together on one day, on one morning, for one race. This is so intimidating for me! All of my runs and training sessions that have been spread out over roughly 300 days will combine together to carry me through 26.2 miles. So...to put my OCD mind at ease, I've compiled what I call a "marathon manifesto" - a 3 page Word document detailing close to my every move for the marathon weekend. My husband thinks I'm crazy for doing this - but it is so comforting to be able to mentally walk through the race weekend and flesh out all possible circumstances and scenarios. I find myself updating it and tweaking it every day - but I want to post it here so that I can get feedback from my running readers.

Test Run: 13.1 miles,
October 6th, 2007, 8:00am, Nicholasville
1. To participate in the Phedippidations 2nd Annual World Wide Half Marathon Challenge
2. To replicate Louisville Marathon race conditions

Pre-Test Run Prep
-Prepare 8oz portions of Gatorade (4)
-Prepare 8oz portions of water (3)
-Prepare 32oz bottle of ½ water, ½ Gatorade
-Prepare gel packs (1)
-Prepare running outfit

Friday dinner:
Pasta at Macaroni Grill at 6:30pm
  • Water
  • House Caesar salad
  • Bread
  • Penne with oven roasted chicken
  • Dessert: 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
Go to sleep 9:30pm or 10:00pm

Breakfast at 5:45-6:00am:
  • Cheerios w/ banana
  • Clif bar
  • 20 oz bottle of half-water/half-Gatorade

Begin run at 8:00am
Aid Stations:
  • Mile 2-water
  • Mile 4-Gatorade
  • Mile 7-Gatorade
  • Mile 9-water and gel
  • Mile 11-Gatorade
  • Mile 13-Gatorade

Marathon Weekend: October 20th and 21st, Louisville

Packing List:

  • Camera
  • iBook
  • iPod
  • Cliff bars
  • PowerBars
  • A few Jolly Ranchers to put in pocket (just in case!)
  • Gels (4 chocolate)
  • Gatorade (3 32oz bottles fruit punch)
  • Water bottles (4 20oz bottles)
  • Headband
  • Small towels
  • Pre-race zippered hooded sweatshirt, gloves (buy cheap throwaways from Wal-Mart)
  • Race outfit
  • Under Armour socks
  • Mizuno shoes
  • Shorts (side pockets – 1 Jolly Rancher, key, iPod, 2 gels safety pinned to inside of shorts)
  • Under Armour t-shirt
  • Post-race outfit
  • Advil, Tylenol
Saturday, 1:30pm – Head to Louisville
Saturday, 3:00pm – Pick up packet at race HQ, drive race course
Saturday afternoon – Check into hotel
Saturday evening – Order and pick up dinner from Macaroni Grill
  • Water
  • House Caesar salad
  • Bread
  • Penne with oven roasted chicken
  • Dessert: 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups

Saturday night:
watch TV, charge iPod, finalize playlist, go to bed early (9:00ish)

  • 5:15 – wake up, drink water bottle, shower
  • 5:45-6:00 – eat breakfast
  • Cheerios, banana, Clif bar, 32oz bottle ½ water, ½ Gatorade
  • 6:00-6:35 – go back to room, stretch, finalize bags, etc
  • 6:40 – check out of hotel, head to race HQ
  • 7:00ish – arrive at race, begin stretching and warming up
  • 7:45ish – last bathroom stop
  • 8:00am – begin marathon!
  • 12:30pm - finish marathon!

Aid Stations
  • Mile 2: Water
  • Mile 4: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
  • Mile 7: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
  • Mile 9: Water and Gel (calories = )
  • Mile 11: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
  • Mile 13: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
  • Mile 16: Water
  • Mile 18: Water and Gel (calories = )
  • Mile 20: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
  • Mile 22: Water
  • Mile 24: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)

Gatorade Info (per 8oz of fruit punch flavored Gatorade x 6 consumptions)
50 calories
110 mg of sodium, 30 mg of potassium, 14 grams of carbs

PowerBar Chocolate Gel Info (per packet x 2 consumptions…possibly 3)
120 calories
1.5 grams of fat
200 mg of sodium, 40 mg of potassium, 90 mg of chloride

Expected calories burned: 2,600 calories


Amanda said...

wow! I just run and pray a lot, but this may be more effective!

Megan said...

Way to go on planning it all out! Everything sounds good - definitely buy cheap throw away gloves because you will definitely be throwing them off of your sweaty little hands! I would suggest a cheap underlayer as well if you are going to start off with one - I took of my Under Armour long sleeve and had to wear it around my waist until I saw your golden locks shining on the horizon and I could hand it off to you. I am praying for you and wish so much that I could be there to run with you if you needed it for a mile at the end because you helped me SO much. And just as an aside...calories are a unit of measurement, so there is no such thing as 100 grams of calories! A typo I'm sure, but just letting you know!

Meredith said...

Megan - I'm thinking about wearing a cheap zip-up sweatshirt with a short-sleeve Under Armour shirt underneath...hopefully that will keep me looking good and feeling good. I think the temps are supposed to be in the high 50's to low 60's. I hope you can join me for a spring marathon - I'm think about the Country Music Marathon in Nashville - we could kind of meet in the middle. And thanks for the heads up about the calories - I feel like an idiot!

Wendy said...

Hi Meredith! I enjoy reading your blog. I am running my 2nd marathon Oct. 21st, so this list was helpful. I like the idea of jolly ranchers.

I hope you have a great marathon! I'm looking forward to reading about it. :)

Dru said...

Would a piece of triple chocolate cake add the right amount of calories to your body? What do you think, about mile 14? Just let me know -- I'll have it ready. :)

I think you're already mentally prepared for this adventure, and we know your fitness level is high enough. I'm ready to sit back and enjoy watching you reach your goal!