|Memorial Park, Houston|
Keep the speed! Drop the miles! This is taper week. I ran about 9 miles today with 6 miles at about 9:00/mile pace, a little slower than my goal marathon pace.
Know the race course! I lost a few seconds last year when I wavered at a fork in the road (mile 1.5). Turns out, we could go either way! Check the map for fluid stops. I nearly missed my planned stop at mile 5.5 because I didn't see the tables coming up. At first, it's crowded.
You will be treated like royalty! I love that there will be wonderful spectators and volunteers who will encourage you and yell out your name along the way - it's on your bib. Let me warn you, though, about the lady on the side of the road who will tell you that you are almost finished, even though you are only at mile 13. Her heart is in the right place. Just smile!
You can check out my 2012 Houston Marathon Recap and my other previous Houston Marathon race recaps for more info. If you're running the race, too, I wish you the best!