So it's finally arrived.... Cork City Marathon Weekend!
I'm now resolved to (at least) make the start line and hopefully the injury issues which have plagued my last month's training will not prevent me from making the finish line too.
As the title of this post suggests the later stages of Monday's run will be real journey into the unknown. I have faith that my body will pull me through but I realise that my fate was sealed a number of weeks ago. I would have liked to have had some more long (20+ mile runs) under my belt by this stage but the single 22 mile run 5 weeks ago will be all I can rely on come approx 11:15 on Monday morning!
It has been pointed out to me (more than once) not to think of a target time for my fuirst marathon. Unfortunbately this is easier said than done. I don't have a 'target time' and my No. 1 target is to make it home without a DNF. I do have a 'nice to have time' in mind so I won't be setting out at 8:30 pace and just hoping to get around before the course closes - it is a race after all!
So here I go.... incomplete training plan (over); carbo loading (well underway); hydration plan sorted (i.e. drink early and often); gel strategy decided (i.e. probably not but will bring some anyway); personal best assured (assuming I don't DNF) .....