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OKC Memorial Marathon: It's race week!

I have to admit, when I started training for the half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the actual race felt like the least of my worries.

It seemed so, so far away.

But now, it’s race week.

Where did these past few months go?

I’m sure there are a lot of other runners who feel the same way. So many long training runs. So many recovery days. So many miles. There was so much between us and the finish line when we started that the actual race felt like it would never actually get here.

But to my fellow runners, you made it. Now comes the fun.

Or so I’ve been told.

As you know, I’ve never run the half or any other distance at the Memorial Marathon. I’ve covered 13 or the 14 previous races for The Oklahoman and, and I’ve literally watched tens of thousands of people cross the finish line. I’ve always thought it would be great to be one of those people.

So many of you have told me that it’s just as awesome as I suspect.

I can’t wait to experience it myself.

But before we get to all the touchy-feely fun of Sunday, there are a few things to do.

Or so I’ve been told.

Last week, I got a note from my running muse Amy Downs. I actually wrote about her in today’s Oklahoman — you can read that story by clicking here — but she had a checklist for these days leading up to the Memorial Marathon.

* Download the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon app.

My two cents: This is a great way to get updates about the race, and folks who were around last year can vouch for how important this is. Weather delayed the start of the race last year, and the app was a good way to keep track of things. Also, follow the marathon on Twitter at @OKCMarathon.

* Pick out the run outfit for the big day and wear it on a long run.

* Practice what you will eat the morning of the run.

* Time your coffee-to-poop schedule. Trust me on this, you want to know how early you need to get up on the big day. You need enough time to get up, eat, have coffee and poop before heading downtown.

* Work on your race playlist.

* Check out the OK Standard mission and do an act of kindness.

* Squeeze extra money out of the budget to spend at the OKC Memorial Marathon Expo. Lots of fun vendors with great run gear.

* Don’t do anything crazy new like start a boot camp or anything in the next couple weeks. Just keep it all consistent.

I’m still working my way through Amy’s checklist, but I’m going to add one more to the list — decide what I’m going to eat after the race. I’m thinking chocolate chip pancakes. Or chicken and waffles. Or bacon and eggs. Or maybe I’ll just eat all of that.

After running 13.1 miles, I’ll have earned it.

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›