I'm not bag checking since I'm fortunate enough to have family here. My Dad is going to meet me about a mile from the finish line and bring whatever I need. So I need to figure out what I'm going to need and pack that bag and deliver it to him the day before the marathon. If you have suggestions what should be in there, let me know. I'm thinking obvious stuff: shirt, hoodie, socks, different shoes, maybe gloves? I just need stuff to get home with (which is only 5 miles).
My biggest concerns about my body on the day of the marathon are not about my muscles, legs, or even my breathing/lungs- I'm most worried about my TOES and feet. My pinkie toes have suffered the most abuse during my training this year. They're even more deformed than they ever were and I had an excruciating blood blister form on one of my 16 mile runs that sidelined me for days. I don't know how to prevent further toe trauma and more importantly not suffer a ton of pinkie toe pain on Marathon Sunday. My feet also tend to go numb after a few hours. I would love to prevent this as well but have no idea how.
My other body issue is my arm fat. I keep getting chafed from it. I'll be sure to body glide but I'm not sure it will hold out for 5+ hours of running. I really hope it does. And I'm seriously going to look into surgery to tighten it (after the marathon, of course) because it drives me crazy!
I have omitted 2 things from my life between now and the marathon: 1) fried foods. I haven't had any french fries in about a month already and will not have indulge in my post bike tour ritual of eating them after I complete the Tour de Bronx (October 28). I'm not sure why I decided to do this, but I know I can survive a few weeks without my precious fries 2) men. I cannot afford to get sick! My allergies are enough to contend with. I'm not going to risk a cold or worse. So the men? They can wait.
I found out on Tuesday that I'm in Corral 71, which is a good number because that's my birth year. But since talking to all my other friends who are also running, I've discovered I'm further back than EVERYONE. I joked that "WTF? I must be in the last corral!" Well it turns out I was almost right. I found out today the corral numbers go up to 72. So just like with any other race, I'm in the next-to-last corral. Honestly, I know I'm slow but I know I'm not THAT slow. I don't think I belong that far back. So I'm looking at this as an opportunity to pass a lot of other runners :) Here is the full start timeline (I'm in wave 4, green)
That's all for tonight... see you tomorrow!