Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Part 2a - Looking forward in the New Year - first - the Marathon!

Before I look at all of 2007, there is so much to look forward to just for this week! My countdown clock now reads 4 days, 13 hours, 33 minutes until the start of the 2007 Disney World Marathon!

So this Part 2a installment will be focused on the marathon - mostly because it is all I can think about right now.

In preparation for my race, I downloaded a number of marathon checklists and created one of my own based on all of them. There are really two parts to the checklist: Things I need to remember to bring and things I need to remember to do. For things to bring I broke it out into stuff I needed to wear and take to the starting area and other stuff to pack. I also have a short list of things my family cheerleading section will carry for me. For things I need to do, I made a list for the entire week - day by day - about what I will be doing, to include when I will go to bed and get up.

Did I mention I am a project manager and planning is one of my strong skills? :-)

All my "lists" are in an excel file called "Marathon Prep Kit." If anyone is interested in this list, send me an email or leave me your email in the comment area and I will be happy to email it to you.

Now that the New Year's festivities are over, I will be watching my diet this week as well as my rest! Since my heel has been bugging me a bit more than usual, I took an extra day off and will run 4 miles tomorrow morning - my last run before the race. I want my heel to be in as good shape as possible (it will hurt during and after the race no matter what I do, but the more I stay off it, the better it will do). Friday morning I will go to the race expo, hopefully before most of the crowds arrive. Saturday afternoon we will check into the Dolphin hotel at Disney so I can sleep in race morning until 2:45 am....to catch a 3:30 am bus to the starting area.

It is all coming together and that is very exciting!


Susan said...

WOW WOW WOW! I am so excited for you! I am a planner, as well, but I do not have a reminders checklist as of yet. Please send me yours! sstoutarch@yahoo.com

THANKS! You go girl!!!

Nice mention on the Burning Twenty podcast, by the way!

Nigel Staffordshire said...

Go Chris !!! Gave you a mention in my latest podcast.


Anonymous said...

Read your blog, and am doing this race as my first 26.2 too! (and probably as preoccupied with it as you these days) And would love a copy of your checklist. Thanks!


IrishBlue said...

Chris, when you get a chance, I would love to get a copy of the list. Did I mention I'm a software developer too! My life is in Excel...hee, hee.