Race Schedule Additions…

Yesterday afternoon, I was putzing around on the internet looking for a race this weekend.  Hubby may or may not be out-of-town this weekend and I was looking for a 5k or 10k just as something to do.  I did not count on deciding to add a major race to my docket for this weekend.

Modesto Marathon

Race Schedule as of 3:58pm yesterday:

04/06 – Running of the Elks Half Marathon
04/27 – Capital City Classic

Race Schedule as of 4pm yesterday:

03/23 – Modesto Marathon – Half
04/06 – Running of the Elks Half Marathon
04/27 – Capital City Classic

Yep, thanks to the influence of my friends and family, I’m going to run the Modesto Marathon – Half this sunday.  I was scheduled to run 12 miles anyway, so what’s an additional 1.1 miles?

The only draw back to this is that Modesto is an hour away from the house and it’s a 7am start; which means that I will have to be up between 4 & 4:30 to be on the road by 5am.  I’m not complaining though, the 7am start is wonderful.  I generally start my long runs at 7am anyway so no biggie.  Hubbs was a bit worried about me driving an hour but since I drove 45 minutes for the Lucky Run, it’s not that big of a deal.

I’m planning to drive down on Saturday morning to pick up my race packet and check out the expo.  I haven’t attended a race that had an expo before so I’m interested in checking it out.  I’m hoping that I will be able to exchange my shirt because somehow I requested an extra-large women’s technical and I really need a medium or a large.  Fingers crossed.  I’m hoping that they will update their list of registered runners so that I can request the change before I go down but if not, it’s a shirt and I have tons of them so it’s not really a big deal.  But it’s also a tech shirt and I do wear them.  I never buy tech shirts anymore since I have them from races.

Modesto Marathon Weather

Looks like the weather is going to be perfect.  Low’s in the upper 40’s and high in the mid 70’s.  Hopefully by the time it’s in the 70’s I’ll be done.  I’m going to be shooting for a 2:20 – 2:25 finish.  I don’t know if they are having pacers or not but if they are, I’m going to try to sick to the 2:20 like glue.  I finished my 11 mile long run last week in 2 hours flat so I think that it’s realistic to want to finish in 2:20 – 2:25.

I guess I’m going to be doing some serious carb loading Friday and Saturday night.  I see pasta and bread in my future in a big way.  Since I love pasta and garlic bread, I don’t see this as a problem.

I don’t normally dedicate my races or specific miles to people.  But yesterday one of my favorite cousins had to have emergency surgery.  He’s doing fine but it was very unexpected.  He’s a personal trainer, fellow runner, police officer, father, husband and all around good guy.  He’s a great guy and I admire him.  We keep in touch via Facebook and he’s always encouraging me in my running.  He recently started training to run the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota but due to this surgery he won’t be running for a while.  So mile 13 is for Jimmy; I’m totally blaming you if this doesn’t go well!

Have you ever added a last minute race to your schedule?

What’s your favorite way to pre-fuel for a long race?

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