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It’s race night eve! I’m relaxing at a hotel in the DC suburbs that I’m SO glad I booked to save hours of driving. After hitting up the expo earlier, I’m officially almost ready. I just need to find another way to attach my tag to my bag check bag, as I somehow lost mine….
Anyways – let’s look at how Friday’s preparations played out.
I started the day by SLEEPING IN because I took the day totally off! I planned on taking a 1/2 day to go to the expo, but I ended up taking the whole day to go to a job interview.
When I finally headed south towards DC, I stopped in at Fleet Feet to recycle some old shoes. It will feel so good to have them out of my room. It took about an hour to drive down, get on the train, and arrive at the Armory, which is next to the RFK stadium. I had to wait outside in a security line for about 10 minutes (BRR), but I know that will be nothing compared to tomorrow.
Bib pickup was quick and easy once I got in – I had to get a pic for insta before starting my shopping!
I spent a little over an hour browsing the expo. I stopped by the Balega booth to chat with Dan, their rep for the area – he is the greatest! I also was thrilled to get KT Taped (and found a solution for my occasional toe pain), try Krave Jerky (I bought two bags – so g00d), and to stop at the HOKA booth! I talked to the reps I worked with at Fleet Feet and walked away with a pair of the new Arahi’s at a great price.
I easily made it to my hotel, where I have gotten my Flat Sam ready for tomorrow. The windchill will be around 12 degrees when I arrive to the mall, which is going to make my 2-3 pre-race miles downright cold.
It wouldn’t be a race if there weren’t some goals. Realistically, this race was a last-minute add-on and I’m super excited just to be here. I know it’s not going to be a PR day, between the cold, the killer hill at mile 5, and the fact that I’m working towards a marathon and this isn’t my goal race.
Goal C: 2:20
Goal B: 2:15 (I set a goal this year to become consistent at running this time)
Goal A: HAVE FUN.
My plan is to run 11:00-11:30/mi for the first five miles (90:30 or 120:30 intervals) as this is around my goal marathon pace. When the hill hits and I can finally see it, I honestly may just walk it to conserve energy. If I’m feeling good and not too cold by the time I hit the top, I’m giving myself the permission to GO. I know it won’t be a PR, but being well aware that I am capable of strong negative splits, I know a strong second half of the race is in me.
If I decide it’s a day to hold back and truly run as a “long run” (probably a smarter decision), I’ll be more likely to race on Sunday at my next race!
What’s the coldest race you’ve ever run? THIS ONE. Although the last race was pretty cold as well.