|Viola toys + my medal
My marathon goals are:
1. Finished the race
2. Sub (under) 4 hrs
I got help from Felix, he gave me couple of training plans and I use one as a mock up but I did not run as much compare to this training plan. Basically, I try to do 2 runs and 1 long run per week but some of the week I did only 2 runs. The training plan had 7 times of 30K plus run and I did only 5 times with longest was 34.80K (and that was ideal from my master point of view). I always hit the wall from running out of fuel (energy) around 27k or 28k on these 30K long run. I even hit this wall on 24K on my last 30k run because my energy was used up the week before for Oakville Half race. Those long runs were so hard, and I respected the distances as well as those marathon runners. Since I did sign up, I would need to commit to it. Imagining that you went to go to sleep at 2am and need to wake up at 5am to do the long run, that was not easy. Because of those experiences, I would expect to hit the same wall on this race. So my plan was doing 5:20, and I hoped that would get me to 30k or 32K and tried to do sub 6 until the finish line and I may got under 4 hrs time. I consulted this to my master but he wouldn't agree, he suggested that I should run 5:30 and see how it goes.
When i checked and got my bib number online, I was so excited and nervous and I could not sleep for 2 nights (even though I would need sleep so much due to I can only sleep 4hrs/ per night with our baby. My wife and I take shift to sleep and shift to be with the baby at night). On the night before the race, I asked her to take both shifts with the baby and I will pay back this on the other night and she accepted and said "Good Luck" to me for the race. This is the first time that she said that to my race after having this baby. This was one of my positive thinking to get through the last 7K on the race.
|never give up
Is it tough, it is! But I think it is easier than my first Half: Grand Thank Giving Half where I was out of energy at 17K due to the 1/3 trails, newbie, inexperience, run by myself with no one was in front and even need to ask for direction to get to the finish line on the last K. This race, I did prepare for the worse, I still had a lots of runners to run with and I still able to pass a lots of runners (they were either slow down or started to walk after 35K mark), and was passed by other runners including the "3:45hrs" bunny at the last 2 or 3K. That race built me tough and helped me to get through this race.
Special thanks to my wife Phuong who took care the baby while I run and my best friend Felix Wu who brought me to this sport and guided me as well as reviewed all the Garmin data and believed in me that I CAN DO IT!