One month from now, on February 5, I will be running my first marathon. Undoubtedly I am filled with excitement and anxiety. Here are my five top questions that are nagging me as I approach D-day:
1) Will I finish?
I have to. And I will. Failure is not an option.
2) What will be my time?
My goal, first and foremost, is to finish. But in the back of my mind, I do want to finish with a decent time. I hope I can finish below 5 hours.
3) Will I cramp up?
Recent experience (i.e., my 32K run and my CIHM run) had shown that I am prone to cramping. I’ve been doing some web-research on how to prevent cramping, and yes I’ve been adding training routines that would hopefully strengthen my hips and calves (perennially the areas where I experience cramping seizures). But as they say, proof of the pudding is in the eating.
4) Will I run a marathon again?
When I first crossed the finish line in a 21K run, I swore never to run a half-marathon again. 3 weeks later I ran another 21K! I suppose the same thing will happen—I will run the Condura Marathon, then, maybe after a few days, I’ll begin planning my second marathon to beat my time, especially if I didn’t meet my 5-hour goal. Much more if I miss that goal by just a few minutes!
5) What gear should I use?
Should I change to traditional running shoes? I have been running using Vibram FiveFingers, the longest distance being 32K, but I’m still wondering if I can survive the long 42-kilometers using minimalist foot wear. But now is not the best time to change a routine.
Should I use compression shorts to reduce cramping and delay any fatigue? Do those things actually work?