I am feeling ready to get me some bling, and a BQ (image stolen from Running Fit's f/b page). This the medal for the full Marathon, and the half is similar.
I am feeling really ready. My 4 miler today was 1 mile warm up at 8:20, and then the rest was at 8:00, my goal marathon pace. It is the pace that I plan to start at, and hopefully hold onto. The course is out and back, and slighlty uphill for the first half, so slightly downhill for the final half. There is a slight hill (both directions, goes up and down) around mile 4/22. I am not afraid of this hill, the course is much flatter than Kensington, and I love running on Hines.
My only reservation right now is that I had to send back my test Reeboks. Today. What was I thinking, testing a pair of shoes mid marathon training while I am shooting for a PR and BQ? I thought I would be saving 100+ miles from my favorite shoes and earn a free pair of shoes. Frugal me who loves free stuff was not thinking about the consequences. Little did I know that I would LOVE the new shoes (well, they had their quirks, but I can't go into any details of them, aside from the fact that I did in fact wear their shoes for the past month). I wore my "regular" shoes yesterday and the just felt bulky and small. Not really sure what I can do about this, aside from keep get my feet back used to them. The Reeboks felt different in the beginning too, so I am sure my shoes will feel back like my shoes in another day or two. I have an 8 miler in them for Sat, and I did my first 20 miler in them already, so I know I can do it. I just can't let it bother me.
Also, I am trying to clean out papers and junk from our place before we move (see, I am being useful during my taper). I found some awesome race bibs from the past. I need to get them photographed or scanned and posted for you guys later. I am so disorganized, it made me super happy that I was able to locate as much as I did!