The anticipation for this race is starting to get to me. I feel like I’ve been saying, “It’s almost here!” for weeks now. (Hm, probably because I have.) Well, now it really is almost here.
- Total miles for the week: 9.5
- Total minutes on my feet: 98
- Longest run: 4.2 miles on Wednesday
- Shortest run: 2.5 miles on Tuesday
- Fastest pace: 10:02 on Tuesday
- Geronimo’s total miles: 2.5
- Total miles since I started training for Big D in January: 366.06
The last time my totals were so low was back in January before I started training. It felt really weird to run so little. I kept telling Heather, my running buddy, “That was so easy!” at the end our runs this week. I have the feeling 3 miles won’t feel so easy when they come after 20-something other miles.
My clothes are set out, my bags are packed (I have a pre-race bag and a post-race bag), the timer is on my shoe. I will be eating pasta very soon, and some bread is waiting to turn into toast for my breakfast in the morning. My Garmin is charging, and my iPod playlist is ready to go. All that’s left is to take it easy, stretch it out, and get a good night’s sleep. I’m not sure if I will actually get a good night’s sleep (I’m so nervous!), but I slept well last night, so I should be okay.
The weather forecast is calling for rain. (Weather.com says there’s a 50% chance of thunderstorms from 8am – 11am. Boo!) I’m trying not to worry about it. (Weather is a fickle thing, right?)
I did get a bit of a surprise to boost my confidence. Thursday evening I came home to find a package waiting for me. Inside was a gift from Stephen:
The little box had pearl earring and the big box had sunglasses, both from Tiffany’s! Don’t mind if I do! I really wish Stephen was here right now, and I’d much rather have him than gifts, but the it doesn’t hurt to know that he’s thinking of me. I plan to channel some of his “Army Strong” strength during the race tomorrow. Hooah!
Have you raced in rain before? Any tips? (My mom and I walked a half in the rain in December, but I still feel really intimidated to race in bad weather.)