Once again it is time for the Houston Marathon and time for me to be the run Sherpa. Those of you who have been around the block with me for a few events may recall this photo from last year...
I was so loaded down with gels, bloks, beans, electrolyte tabs, bandages, petroleum jelly, cell phone, bio-freeze, blister patches, Advil, fluids, and a good sense of humor to get my 78 runners across the finish line. I ran out with my front runners at the start of the event and led the last few across the line and they turned the time clock off after we crossed the timing mat. It was a long day but very rewarding to see my athletes reach their goal.
This year, I let someone else do the coaching but I am going to be out on the course helping everyone on the TNT TEAM who needs a boost. I have done some training runs with them and even ran 18 miles with them one Saturday. I have seen them through their 21 miler and I know that they are ready. I will be heading out with the front runners and then going back and forth along the course in two different places to help the half marathoners in our group and the full marathoners as they come by a few hours later. Again, it will be a long day and I am looking forward to it.
Last year my marathon was actually just shy of 29 miles long with all the back and forth stuff I did along the course. I hope I don't have a repeat of that kind of mileage because I have not been putting in those kinds of miles. The weather is forecast for the high 30's in the morning and warming up to 66 degrees. It sounds a lot like the weather I had for the San Antonio R n' R last November.
I will try to take lots of pictures, so check back early next week!