I can't even believe it. I have less then a week until my marathon. The last 2 weeks of training have been much easier with shorter taper runs. So many times throughout my training I thought about this time and whether I would make it or not. You can check out my marathon training blog on my side bar for all the gory, boring details. Of course, I could still have something catastrophic happen, like falling down the stairs, but barring that, it looks like I will be running.
Now that I know my foot is going to hold up, I just have to worry about my bowels! I know this sounds crazy, but I have this incredible fear of pooping my pants while running. Don't laugh, it happens. Check out this guy.
I mean really, someone hose the guy off! I can't help but think if I was in a burning building, I would still stop and use the bathroom before letting this happen. I actually considered wearing some Depends, but was afraid they would chafe and make my butt look big. So, I will take some Imodium instead.
Besides getting me physically ready for the run, the long training runs were good practice for what to take and eat. After trying different types of on the go nutrition I decided on a combination of Sport Beans (think gatorade in a jelly bean) and Sport Moon (again, think gatorade in a fruit snack). I also got better at drinking water without getting cramps. I am hoping to avoid another dehydration debacle like at the NYC half marathon this year. Here is what I carried in my pack on long runs:
Did you notice the little wet wipe? That is in case I had to poop in the bushes, I could at least clean myself. Never had to use it, thankfully! I also bought some pepper spray that I have started to carry now that it is dark in the mornings again.
On the Edge
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