Take another swing, have another drink, gonna drink it dry
Three weeks to go until Fukuoka marathon. The start lists are out and it looks as though I’m the 10th seed. START LIST
I’ve had some people ask me when I’ll start tapering. I won’t truly start tapering until 12 days to go. Normally it would be 10 days out but I’m travelling 12 days out so those days will have to be very light. The last two weeks have been pretty tough and the upcoming week won’t be much different. By the time I travel I’ll be looking for a little respite.
Once I get to Japan I have three workouts planned plus a couple of stride sessions. The workouts won’t be long, I’ll have one tough effort 8 days out (potentially a 10km race at Chiba Ekiden because I’m the alternate) and a couple others to remind my legs what race pace feels like. By that point I won’t be gaining fitness, but doing enough so my mind stays sane.
One thing that I need to nail down before I leave is my on-the-run fuelling. In my long workout last week I set out 5 water bottles with 200ml each of PowerBar Ironman Perform. I was planning to drink 150ml of each bottle. However, when I went home and measured the remaining fluid in each bottle I realized I was only drinking about 100ml each time. That amount of fluid is sufficient on a cool day but I’m missing my carbohydrate target (by 15g of carbs per hour). That’s significant over the course of a marathon even though I can easily get away with that amount of carbs for slightly shorter distances. Tomorrow I will set out my bottles again, this time I know how many sips I’ll need to take in 150ml. Fukuoka will likely be warmer than it’s been here lately so I’ll need the extra fluid anyways.
Yesterday I watched the Guelph Gryphons capture two more cross-country national titles. It’s the 9th straight for the women and the 8th straight for the men. Out of 28 All-Canadian positions (14 for each race) the Gryphons captured 13 of them and took the team wins by significant margins. RESULTS