Twenty-five days — and just 12 training days — left until I attempt my first 26.2-mile race. My heart pounds every time I think about it. I have about 135 training miles to put on my legs before the Santa Rosa Marathon on Aug 25.
On Saturday my training group will run 22 miles — the longest run on our training schedule. Because I’m coming back after an injury, I’ll run 20. The following Saturday we’ll run 22 miles again, followed by two weeks of easy 13-mile and six-mile runs.
Our last run before the race will be Aug. 21, in which we’ll do six easy miles. Then we’ll rest our legs for the big day.
We’re supposed to experiment with fuel intake during our last two long runs to figure out what will work for us during the race. So far I’ve stuck to eating a banana pre-run, then taking a Gu around mile seven, then eating a light breakfast post-run. I wear a hydration belt (a belt with holsters that fit two sports bottles and a pouch for snacks) for any run over 12 miles. I fill one sports bottle with water and the other with an electrolyte beverage and sip whenever I feel thirsty...