Well here I go!
I am writing this on the Monday before the Brian College Station Marathon on Dec. 13. I have been planning on this race for the last 3 months. Training was so so early on in those 3 months but the last month being very good quality. This is going to be the first road marathon I have focused on since my first Marathon at Detroit in 2011. My goal is to run around 3:15, and enjoy the day. I am not going to lie... I have a good bit of anxiety about this because my Marathon PR is a 3:52 on the trail. As long as I can stay in control and focus on these things during the race I should have a good day out there.
Keeping a positive mindset and smiling
Not letting my pace get faster than 7:15-20 at any point
Taking water and gels regularly. Gel after first 45, then every 30 afterwards. As always, I will be using Vfuel gels.
Focus on breathing and efficiency
Eating well and resting the week leading up
By nature of my jobs, I am constantly on my feet. This is not a bad thing. I am fortunate to work in a very healthy and ancestral way that allows me to move around and spend a lot being active. The tough part is that after a busy week, like this one, my legs can get extremely heavy by the weekend and I do not want heavy legs on race day. I am going to try to mitigate that as much as I can by propping my feet up at home, wearing compression, napping, and sitting intermittently at my gigs.
I'll try to post again as I get a couple days out from the race.