Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Final Four !!

The Final Four! or as Philly Phans would spell it.. The Phinal Phour!
No not college basketball, or any of the many conference finals, it's the last 4 mile run, probably my last run before the Marathon on Sunday.
Can Sunday get here already, please!
For the most part, in the weeks of training, I have been fine. Nice and calm, very businesslike in my approach to running. Find a training plan, and adhere to it. Smooth sailing for the most part, until this week! It's been hard to sleep, concentrate at work, did I mention hard to sleep? I feel like my kids the week before Christmas, all anxious and crazy,waiting for Santa to come.
Well, the wait is almost over. I have gone over just about every part of the course in my head. I know when I want GU's, water, gatorade, ect. I know about the pace I want to run.
I went to AAA yesterday, and picked up a street map of Philadelphia, and hilited the course. Marked every mile, and even marked where Shoreturtle planned to be. I will sit down with my wife, her sister & husband, on Saturday, and place them where I think I will be able to find them on the course. If all goes as I figure, they will be able to see me around the 1st mile, 6th, 13th & the finish!
Well as far as today's 4 miler went. It was right on with what I have been running. It was cold, but I felt warm with what I had on, and should be fine for Sunday. I got out the door a little past 4:30pm, and it was about 35deg out, but no wind!
I am done training! I might go and run a mile on Saturday, if I feel like it.
It's hard to believe that I made it through the training, and all that's left is the race itself!
Off to the Expo tomorrow!

I did the 4.08 mile loop in 34:21 (8:25 min/mile)
Mile / Time

1 8:35
2 8:14
3 8:25
4 8:28
.08 :38


Denise said...

I can't concentrate at all, either!! You sound like you're ready to go. I think I have everything figured out but I'm not exactly sure when I'll eat. I'm going to be a mess on Saturday!

Erin Leigh said...

I really wish I didn't have to work. I would have loved to see all the jersey boys in action!!

Blyfinn said...

Good luck. Sounds like there will be a lot of bloggers out there.

BeachRunner said...

Have fun. Can't wait to hear all about your experience.

ShoreTurtle said...

Congratulations on making it through your training. That's an accomplishment in itself.

Will you be carrying a laptop and blogging during the marathon or do we have to wait until afterwards to read your race report?

I vote for you carrying a laptop.

joyRuN said...

Whoa. Talk about prepared!! Didn't know bikerace-crashing hooligans could have so much foresight ;P

Laurel said...

You've done good.

All that hard work and training have paid off. Once you are at that starting line, it's just time to sit back and enjoy the ride (well, with a little bit of hard work, LOL).

You're going to do great!

Julianne said...

Yay for the Phinal Phour!! Good luck this weekend!! Seriously. :)

Anonymous said...

You did it !!! Its here! now, you just have to enjoy it!... well try to!
i love it! well give you a bberry so you can blog more easily thru the 26.2!
See u tomorrow, and congratulations! your hard work is well deserved!

Ted said...

Hey Flyers !!! I know its hard to sleep when your first marathon is coming around the corner. I remember that I couldn't sleep at all the night before my first. Rest assured my friend, you will do very well. I cannot wait to see how you will do. If I can give you my two cents worth, try to rest it up as much as you can before the gun time. Speaking of this Saturday, you might want to do some walking break. It helps !!! Hope to see you either at the hotel or at the starting line. Good luck !!! Break a leg (I don't mean literally to break your leg.)

sRod said...

God, I can't believe I'm getting to this now.