The Final Race Preparations

I am so freaking excited for this weekend.

I know the nerves will probably kick in at some point, but for now, I’m just really looking forward to everything about this trip – checking off another state (this will be #11!), a fun road trip with my mom, and obviously,ย THE MARATHON!

This last week has been full of some of the more fun (and equally important) aspects of preparation. ๐Ÿ™‚ The 20 mile runs are behind me, and I am fully embracing the taper. I hear some runners get freaked out by cutting their mileage back so much during a taper. I don’t. I’m one happy camper.

So the final preparations have consisted of:

1. Getting my nails done.

Delaware Marathon Nails | 2 Generations RunningI didn’t think it would be possible to top my Augusta Half Marathon nails, but these guys might have just done it.

2. Loading up my playlist with tons of new songs. My new favorites are:

  • “Something Beautiful” – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • “2 Heads” – Coleman Hell
  • “Inside Out” (feat. Charlee) – The Chainsmokers
  • “Gasoline” – Halsey

I’m going to try to resist the temptation to listen to these too many times before the race so that they’ll still be fresh and exciting when they come on during the marathon.

3. Carbo-loading.

Carbo-LoadingLOL – This episode of The Office demonstrated so perfectly how not to carbo-load, it still cracks me up.

4. Advising my mom on road trip snacks and music. For snacks, I’ve requested Terra Sweet Potato chips (absolutely love them) and trail mix. There may or may not be a bottle of wine (or two) packed for the hotel as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The drive itself will be just about 6 hours,ย so bring on the Starbucks and CDs!

5. Trying to figure out what the eff I should wear for the race. I know, I know.ย They say you should wear whatever you wore on your long runs on race day so you don’t have to worry about chafe-age or it riding up weirdly. Well, I did the majority of my long runs wearing my long winter capris, but the forecast is showing high 60’s for race day, so that’s not exactly going to work. No matter what I pick, I fully intend on coating myself in Glide.

6. Reading up on all aspects of the race in other blogger’s previous race recaps. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too much information and I like to know what to expect, especially when it has to do with running 26 miles. ๐Ÿ™‚

Delaware Marathon Elevation MapFor example – where will the hills be? Looking at this, I know I can expect a good climb between mile 6 and 7, another smaller one at mile 12, again at mile 18 and then a final hill at mile 24. I’m sure that last one is going to be a blast…

7. PACKING!!!ย Don’t forget your sneakers Nora, whatever you do!!! I’m also going to be sure to pack sunscreen, my compression socks, GPS watch and charger, and a good book. I made this list a while back that’s actually pretty helpful in terms of packing for a race-cation.

The Runner's Packing Checklist. 2 Generations Running

If you want to keep up with us on the whole adventure, I will be tweeting, posting to our Facebook page, and obviously Instagramming! Wish us luck ๐Ÿ™‚