I will be heading out to Las Vegas tomorrow morning. I was at the ENT doctor (Ear Nose Throat) this morning and from the medical side of things I am good to go. I still have a lot fluids in my ear, but it will take weeks before it will be completely gone. The same applies to my hearing problem on the left ear – it will take several weeks before the hearing comes back. It requires patience now on that side. With that being said, the doc and I talked about the marathon and he said as long as I can handle it from a comfort level I should do it. He preferred me not to fly and so I will drive out to Las Vegas. It is about a 10 hour drive from where I live and I will just take it easy.
The rental car story is actually good for another blog posting, but I will provide some details here. When I saw the doc on Monday and also discussed the marathon I made a rental car reservation in case I would have to drive. The cost for four days came in at $132 for a smaller car – comparable to a Ford Focus. I ran the price finder tool again today with the same dates and the same car was available cheaper. Then I changed the pickup dates from picking it up tomorrow morning to picking it up today (= 1 extra day) and the cost went down even further. So, now I have a slightly bigger vehicle for over $30 less compared to what I had booked on Monday. I selected the slightly bigger vehicle because having a bit more room and engine power on such a long trip is nice to have. The price difference between the two vehicles was pretty much non-existent. I did something similar before when I traveled to California in October and was able to shave off over $130 from my original booking and got a better vehicle, too. It’s nice to know how the rental car system works so that you can save some money.
So, now that I will be traveling by car I have to be less concerned about what I am going to take with me. Not that I plan on bringing much, but I do not have to worry about the TSA complaining about tooth paste or Shaving Cream, or other fluids. I am also kinda glad I am driving so that I do not have to share a plane with potentially sick people. My immune system is just coming back from the head cold/ear infection and having a few days more to “recover” before the running will take its toll is good. I can also buy sports drinks and some food here and take it with me. Since I will be carbo loading for the next 3 days that is considered a good thing. Most people start carbo loading the day before the race, but ideally you need to start earlier. Your diet for the last 3 days before the race should be about 85% carbs – a mix of food and appropriate drinks (think Orange Juice or Sports Drinks like Gatorade).
Last night I unpacked my new fuel/hydration belt that I wanted to use during my taper to get used to it, but now it will have its debut on race day. Well, not exactly. I am planning a 2-3 mile slow training run for Saturday morning and will carry it with me so that I can adjust it and test it out. I’ve run all my long runs using a different hydration belt and I am not too concerned about using a different one. The new one actually sits much better on my hips and has a nice pocket for my phone or a camera. I want to take some pictures during the race and from the before and after stuff and my old hydration belt was not able to fit/carry a phone or camera. I will provide a full review in a few days. The weekend will be light with blogging since I will be driving, but for next week I am planning on writing blog posts like a race re-cap and trip re-cap and of course there will be a ton of pictures, too.
It’ll be fun. I am very excited. I am hoping that my ear continues to improve and that the remaining pieces of the ear infection are moving out. I know that some of that stuff will still bother me on Sunday during the race, but so be it. I did do a short test run earlier this morning just to see how it feels and I can hear the liquids/fluids inside the infected ear. It feels weird, but I think it will work out.