April 25, 2009: Quick and short
Okay, okay! I'm working on it, guys! I just got back Wednesday afternoon, afterall!
The short and sweet: I got chewed up and spit out but I can't wait to go back.
Several pages of details to follow soon. :)
April 16, 2009: 4 days!
The weather is moving around a bit still it looks like. I had a description of what it was typed out from this morning when I started this entry, but it's all changed since then! Right now, weather.com reports a high of 48 and partly cloudly with the chance of rain moved away from Monday. Weather Underground reports a chance of rain still and a high of 45. I wish I would have some sort of internet access Sunday so I can double check weather. I might have to call home and have my mom do it for me :) Overall, things sound lovely though I would love for that East wind to go away.
We watched Saint Ralph tonight. A very good movie - I learned that my key to success is super determination and really shitty running form! But really, I recommend it to people who haven't seen it yet as it's a fun movie. It was a good way to spend my night despite all the things I still have to do (like packing?). Luckily, I fanagled a short shift tomorrow so I'll have time to get things done after work before we head down to the Cities.
Tons of people have races this weekend - so good luck all around! I hope the weather gods smile on us all. Especially in the Cities where I hear it's supposed to be hot for the Trail Mix racers - yuck.
I will have no computer access until I return on Wednesday! Unless I post tomorrow, though I'm thinking I won't have time. What will you do for 6 days without a rambling update from Sam?? The horrors!
April 14, 2009: 6 days!
Now that I think about it and dig through my closet a bit, I'm pretty sure I have clothes I can use to ditch at the starting line instead of buying clothes specifically for that. Excellent. Of course, the pants I found I rather like and am wondering why I haven't been wearing them, so watch me get attached and not want to ditch them! It's too late now, though! This morning would probably be my last chance to head to Savers so I'll have to go with what I have.
Right now the weather forecast is showing a shower possibility with a high of 54. Though, I'm told to completely ignore any forecasts until Saturday since it changes all the time out there. Not that I'll have any computer access to check the weather . . . Regardless, it's just showers, no heavy storms and lovely temperatures.
I've super excited to hear that my friend from Ohio (who was on the ultra Ragnar team last year) definitely wants to start out together! It'll be great to run with a friend - we ought to be about the same pace so we'll see how far we stay together. I'm thinking of buying a disposable camera and taking that with me on the bus and if nothing else, leaving it in my drop bag just for some pictures before the start. That might be silly, but I haven't decided for sure yet.
Also, if anyone is interested, there will be live video of Boston at the Universal Sports website. The race starts at 10:00 am - 9:00 am our time.
April 13, 2009: How to track me!
I had an awesome 10 mile run yesterday! I went home for Easter, so I got to head out with my running buddy Mike again. It was beautiful weather out and I felt great.
We did an out and back course and I was rather noticing that we were heading downhill a lot on the way out. Happily, Duluth has forever changed my view of hills and I didn't even notice that we were heading uphill on the way back. I also ran negative splits and did 8 minute miles on the way back. Oops . . . Someone's a little excited, huh?
One week!! If people feel like tracking me, it sounds as though the best thing to do is head to the Boston Marathon website that morning - they say the site face will change and it will be obvious where to go and what to do. The site is updated at every 5K split. My race number is 14,800. I'm not sure if they do things the same way Green Bay did, ie updating with gun time and not chip time but it should be obvious which it is right away. They only fire the gun once when Wave 1 starts. I'm in Wave 2 which starts a half hour later so if my first mile takes me 39 minutes or so, you know they're using gun time! I start at 10:30 Boston time, so 9:30 Minnesota time. Hopefully, I'll be done before 2:30 Boston time.
I have lists of what to bring started. Now it's time to figure out what bags to pack - with all my racing gear in my carry on, of course! They make you ditch your warmups/gear bag at the athlete's village and then you have to walk over half a mile to the start and hang out there. So I'm thinking I'm going to head to Saver's and get some super cheap sweats and change into those as I head to the start and ditch them there. The BAA donates all the abandoned clothing from the starting line to charity.
April 8, 2009: Food!
So I'm 12 days out and you know what that means? Taper! And excitement! And Sam updates with crazy frequency! Hopefully, since I'm going home this weekend, I won't completely deluge you.
We haven't figured out what the dinner plans are for Sunday night, yet - dinner before Boston. There's always the official pasta dinner, but that's $20 for non-runners so it seems a bit silly. I'm sure we'll just find somewhere near the hotel to get some food and it'll probably all work out fine.
What I want to know is - what's the craziest food you've had the night before a race? Either in terms of truely crazy food or just in terms of something that your body wasn't used to and you were afraid of what might happen.