Friday, November 14, 2014

Final thoughts before Richmond Marathon

It's finally here after months of training, countless early bedtimes, dozens of gels, and many, many miles. Richmond Marathon is tomorrow morning.

I haven't been secretive about my goals. It's definitely easier to sandbag and tell everyone your "C" goal, while keeping your scary goals private, but I chose not to do that.

I want to run 3:05. 7:03 pace for 26.2 miles. 20 minute PR.

Obviously I will have to have a good day--my stomach will need to cooperate, my legs will need to be strong, and the weather not too crazy.

If everything goes smoothly, I feel that 3:05 is within the capabilities. I've made it through enough tough, solo workouts that I feel confident that I can make it through 20-22 miles without *too* much of a struggle. But as we all know, the real test begins after the 20 mile mark.

Of course I have a series of other goals too.
B goal: 3:10
C goal: PR
D goal: finish

From my last marathon experience, I know that adjusting to your D goal can happen pretty early in the race. Although I didn't talk about it much in that Boston post, I watched several goals slip by as the temperatures increased during the race. It was a good test of mental flexibility. Ironically, tomorrow is supposed to be about 50 degrees cooler than the start of Boston 2012. Is a 40 degree start temp too much to ask for?! ;)

Best of luck to everyone racing out there tomorrow! Go fast, take chances!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Fall day in Raleigh

Raleigh is non-stop fun in the Fall, it's crazy. The temperatures cool off in the zone I would described as perfect, and everyone frolics outside excessively. Here is a photo-tour of a fun Saturday in Raleigh including scenes from Cooke Street Carnival and a visit from Big Gay Ice Cream (originally from NYC!)

The Cooke Street Carnival mascot--the ever-classy pink flamingo

Local brews

Two guys launching their drone to take video of live music + crowd

Local cold brew coffee by Slingshot Coffee Co.

 Foraged walnuts from the Falling Fruit group in Raleigh

Hello my beauties! Delicious baked things from Boulted Bread. If grad school doesn't pan out, can I come work for ya'll??

Waiting in line for HOURS for Big Gay Ice Cream visiting us from NYC!

Creating their most popular cone, the Salty Pimp. Dulce de leche is injected into each cone by hand before getting a dunk in chocolate!