Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Checking My SF Marathon Checklist

Marathon training is almost complete, and that means my next marathon is all but upon me. So I need to begin some final preparations as well. I've already got a hotel, flight and transportation (mostly) figured out, and we still have to try and figure out what Mrs. LB and I are going to do in San Francisco aside from the race. I'll be hobbling around to see some sights, after all.

But the biggest thing I need to do is to make a list of the things I will need for the race. I could just cut and paste the list from last time, but where's the fun in that? I figure making this list off the top of my head will test my knowledge about what I should be taking and see what sorts of things I might forget. Well, hopefully I won't forget anything but I'll have to make sure to include the things I initially leave off.

So here goes. My San Francisco Marathon list. Ahem.

running underwear
Garmin (fully charged)
phone holder
GU (five packets)
fuel belt
energy bar

Let me see how I did. This is the checklist from Surf City that my pace leader sent us for that race.

Shorts/Running Pants
Top (a couple of layers)
Headband/Ear Warmer
Sunscreen (try on training runs first)
Water Bottle/Pack/Sports Drink
Gu (or whatever you use-I use 5 for a marathon: miles 4, 8, 12, 16, & 20)
Hard Candy
Body Glide
Watch/GPS (make sure it’s charged)
Race Number/Pins
Timing Chip
Confirmation Form
Band-aids (just in case-put in pack)
Tylenol 8 Hour
Breakfast (bring what you usually eat before long runs)
Emergency Money (Never know-put in packs)


So I guess the only thing I didn't have was the confirmation form, pins, and Tylenol although we use Aleve. And band-aids of course, but I have tape.

I guess I did pretty good. But that doesn't mean I've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's. Fellow blog buddy Jill of Run With Jill e-mailed me since she's heading to San Francisco for the marathon as well. We're trying to coordinate a time where we can meet. Anyway, she asked me what wave I'm in to start, and I was like 'Huh?'

So I did some research and figured out that I'm set to start in the second-to-last wave, which means I'll be starting at 6:22 a.m.

I still have to blog about my goals and what I actually want to accomplish in this race but starting at 6:22 means I'll be crossing the finish line probably around 11 a.m. That's assuming I actually survive the course, though.


Amanda said...

My wave for the 2nd half starts at about 8 and we start in Golden Gate Park. It would be funny to all of a sudden be running up next to you lol.

I need to put together a list of stuff too so I don't have a mishap like last weekend.

leo said...

ice packs? sunscreen? a cot so you can just lay down right there when you are done?

tahoegirl said...

the "leo" comment should be from tahoegirl :o)

Kerrie T. said...

Woohoo! Getting excited for you!

Jill said...

A list? I need a list? Eeeks, better get started! I got confirmation I'm in wave 2. WTH was I thinking? Obviously a crack in my heel was not on my agenda. Oh well. Looks like you're pretty much ready to go! I just ordered a new top for the race, I hope it's here before I fly out next Friday. Any idea what the weather's like in SF for 4+ hours???