The toque is on, and the rain falls gently - at least that is what the internet says (for confirmation I will have to open the door).
Today is the last "real" race of the season for me and it has been a great ride this year. Off a solid base training phase over the last winter, I have run better than I have ever run before. A new PR in the 10k, a new PR in the marathon, and today, if everything goes well, a new PR in the half-marathon.
75 minutes is not even a movie. I hope to cover 21.1km in that time. It is an ambitious goal, but the mileposts along the way have been favourable. I am going to run on feel, while keeping an eye on my splits. 3:33/km is what I need to hold. A 17:50 5k, a 35:40 10k, and then hold. Aracade Fire is cheering me on from within the computer, as I finish my pre-race routines.
Wake Up before the alarm
Turn on music
Eat half a banana
Double check laid out clothing
Pack race line kit
Eat a Clif an hour before the race
Jog to start line
The toque is on. The rain still falls. Last time I set PR at the Royal Victoria Marathon, it was a cold, rainy day. Things are looking good from over here. Time to open the door.