Sunday, July 19, 2009

Countdown to San Francisco

The taper has gone as planned: 55 miles last week, 45 miles this week -- with some decent speed work and plenty of recovery miles.

All of our travel arrangments are finalized. We fly out of Chicago on Friday morning. We will be staying 0.9 miles from the start.

My mother-in-law, bless her heart, will be traveling to our home from Pittsburgh to stay with our daughter. This will be our first time away from her since she was born 15 months ago.

No doubt, I am stoked to run this marathon. Afterward, I am totally pscyhed to visit San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma and the vicinity. Post-race, we have a great itinerary lined up including several winery tours in Napa/Sonoma, a Counting Crows concert, a Giants game, Alcatraz and lots of great dining and scenery. I call it a pretty good day when you run a marathon in the morning and see one of your favorite bands ever in the evening.

As far as predictions go, it's a tough call. I will say that, despite the elevation change to contend with, I will be surprised if I don't run a 3:05 or better. I think I would be chasing sub-3 on a flat course.

I'm in pretty good shape. Really good shape, I should say. I am going to soak in the thrill of running over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Temperatures will be in the low to mid 50's -- perfect. Can you believe this race starts at 5:30 AM on Sunday?


jen said...

Yay, Ryan!! You're going to kill it. The course is perfect for you- COOL, hilly in parts, and beautiful. You'll be distracted enough to really push it. :) I have a feeling you'll be flirting with sub-3. Enjoy your trip, it sounds wonderful. SF is a fun city. Good luck and have fun!!!

home exchange said...

Well best of luck, it sounds pretty exciting! Always useful to have the mother in law at hand ;-)

monicac2 said...

Can't wait to read all about it!