TITLE: Off to the Des Moines Marathon
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 15, 2004 4:37 PM
DESC: I'm ready for my second marathon. Is it ready for me?
Well, the time is almost here. I leave tomorrow for the
Des Moines Marathon.
Officially, I've been training for this race since April 1
or so, but I never really stopped getting ready for
my first marathon
last October. You reach a point where there is nothing left
to do. I increased my mileage and my pace during training
this year. I've tapered the last three weeks, running only
13 miles so far this week. My eating has been out of sync
the last few weeks, but I think that my body will be fueled
well enough for the race. It's time to do it.
Tomorrow, I will hit the race expo, to pick up my race number
and timing chip and to do a little window shopping. Then
I'll spend the evening with a friend, former student Fred
Zelhart, who has generously offered to put me up for the
weekend. The race is 8:00 AM Sunday morning. The weather
forecast is almost perfect -- mid-40 degrees to start the
race, upper 50s to finish, partly sunny. That may sound
cool, but it's perfect for a long run.
I'm excited. I think I can improve on my time at Chicago,
but I'm respectful of what race day and the distance can
bring. My first goal is to enjoy; my second is to improve
on my debut performance. If everything goes perfectly, I
could run anywhere from a great time to the same time as
last October. I have a couple of goal times in mind but
learned last year that sometimes you just have to run.
So that's what I plan to do.
Oh, and if you want something with a little more attitude
than my cautious forecast, check out this
Grant Wood-inspired race poster.
And we Midwesterners wonder why our coastal friends tease