With tomorrow being my half marathon race day, today is important to rest, hydrate, and continue to carbo load. As I alway do, the day before a big race I sleep in as late as possible. This morning that meant almost 10:00AM, sleeping 11 hours. I don’t think I have done that since I was in college. It felt great. The only down side was that I planned to run two very easy miles today to loosen my legs and we are having a hot spell. By the time I headed out for my run it was already 76 degrees outside. My run was good, warm, but it felt good. I am ready. Or ready as I will ever be.
Hydration is important today and I also am adding a few sports drinks along with water. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm as well and I want to make sure I have enough electrolytes. The race starts at 7:00AM, so hopefully it will be cool enough. A sunny day is forecasted too, so even 60 degrees will seem warmer with the sun beating down. Last year it was cold and drizzling rain, you never know what to expect with this race.
So I have rested, I am hydrating, and I am about to make pasta to carbo load. The day before always brings jitters. I have to make sure I have my GU gels out, my clothes are picked out, race number is ready to be pinned on, and of course my ankle brace is laid out as well. Pre-race nerves don’t go away for me until after I cross the start line and get into a rhythm running. The one thing I keep telling myself to calm my nerves is “at least it is not a triathlon.” Just imagine how much more that goes into a race with three disciplines. Regardless of the distance, I still get the same feeling. It doesn’t matter how many races I run, it is still there. To me it is a good thing, I still have passion and respect for the sport. My mantra tomorrow with be my favorite. Believe.