Thats fantastic Kelbeltoo - I am running my first - NYC - in 2 weeks and could not be more nervous!! I will be doing it in my old running bricks as I got my KSO's only a few weeks ago and am just to scared to start running in them until after the race so I can adapt slowly. Did you do all your training in the KSO's? Any advice on the marathon in general not just footware??
Best of luck on your marathon. I had done all my training in my KSO's. I got really nervous the week before. I couldn't decide if I was hungry or wanted to vomit, and it was all for nothing. I had myself so worked up and worried about so many things that didn't matter. I began carbo-loading and getting in good hydration 3 days before. I slept well the two nights before. The morning of the marathon I awoke and was suprisingly calm and very matter-of-fact, and followed the same routine I had followed numerous times before for my long runs and 20k race. I based my goal pace for the race on my 20M long run and the 20k race I had done on Labor Day and used McMillian's Running Calculator. Even though a first time marathoner's goal is supposed to be just to finish, I couldn't help but set a time goal which was 04:30:00. I concentrated on my pace (using my Garmin and how I felt), not the time/miles that had passed or how much longer/farther to go. I was so preoccupied by, and afraid of, hitting the "wall" and it just didn't happen which I think is a testament to my training and pre-race preparation. The saying "plan your race, race your plan" (or something like that) is so very true. I don't think that you can shake the nervousness but hopefully you can take some comfort in knowing that you have done (and continuing to do) all you can to be ready and let the day just happen. May your experience be as wonderful as mine. It is an amazing accomplishment (the commitment to training and the race itself) and one you will always be proud of. GOOD LUCK TO YOU and keep us posted.