- Organizing my playlist
- Deciding to start with a pace team
- Mapping out my transportation schedule
- Prepping my breakfast today (since I'll have to leave pretty early in the a.m.)
- Thinking through my hydration/nutrition strategy
- Figuring out my racing kit
- Setting my goals
And what I'd really like is to have an experience that combines the best of last year's half marathons - to run it the way I did my second half (strong and smart), but have the event experience of the first (fun and well organized and with good energy).
It's going to be so hot I'm tempted to wear the race shirt that we got (a light grey singlet), but I don't know how that will go with my race vest. Guess I'll go try them out together! My only other sleeveless tech shirt is black and a little heavy, I usually save it for the gym when I want to feel tough. Or maybe I'll just wear one of my marathon shirts, those are the most lightweight ones I have. Though I don't like to wear shirts from longer races at a shorter race, that just seems rude somehow, as if I were bragging. Silly, I know. In the end I'll probably wear one of those since I'm hesitant to race in a shirt I haven't run in before, especially one that's a different cut than I'm used to.
I pointed out to The Dude that he was treating this race as if it were just any other long run (he'd been asking if I were going to be back in time for church, and if not that, then in time to go to family swim - that is, going about the rest of the day as if it were any other Sunday). His response?
"Aren't you the one who just ran a marathon on your own and then went into work, without telling anyone about it?" (My birthday challenge.)
Me: "Well, I took the rest of the day off, I didn't go into work."
Him: "But you didn't tell anyone you were planning to do this, and you barely told anyone afterwards, right?
Me: "Well, yeah."
Him: "Hmm. I think you reap what you sow."
I have since negotiated a somewhat reduced post-race schedule, though, plus going out for dinner. I think perhaps I just needed to take this more seriously.
Now to try out outfits and finish up my playlist. I'll cook my oatmeal later today, when it's not so hot.
See you on the other side!