Tomorrow is race day. So we’re going to talk about running a lot for the next few days and then probably I’ll have nothing to say about it all winter.
I went to the expo to pick-up my packet yesterday, as last night/today are Yom Kippur. I’m sure you can see how that puts just a bit of a kink in the plans because instead of driving all over the city, we are spending hours in contemplative prayer. It’s a hard balance to strike. Anyway, I got to the River Centre at noon and headed straight in to grab my 10 mile bib.
I cannot for the life of me decide if these are lucky numbers or not. I also grabbed my marathon bib, complete with scary warning about how I cannot show results in both races. I KNOW, y’all. I KNOW. I’M ONLY RUNNING ONE.
This year’s packet pick-up swag (and the reason I even bothered to grab my marathon bib) were pairs of Twin Cities Marathon Fitsoks! I have taken to calling the socks that came with my marathon bib the $100 pair of socks.
Just trying to kick my conspicuous consumption up a notch here. They’re actually really nice socks (and way better than the crap gloves they gave out last year). Good job Twin Cities in Motion!
At this point, I really have no opinion about tomorrow. Based on the way the course has been re-routed this year (all of the spring rain caused a mudslide situation along the river road that still hasn’t been fully resolved) it sounds like we may be running through a few bottlenecks and/or up more hills. There’s really nothing I can do about those things besides show up at the race and deal with it, so that’s my plan of action.
I have yet to start one of my long runs before 9:00 AM, so waking up at 4:00 AM tomorrow for a 7:00 AM start is going to be a real surprise for the body. Right now, according to Apple Weather it’s supposed to be about 34 degrees at the start. I’ll probably be wearing a cozier ensemble for the race than I had originally anticipated (a lined top? ear warmers?). I have no shortage of clothing to address this issue so I guess we’ll all be surprised by what I show up in.
Praying for strong legs and a safe finish.