I signed up months ago for a half marathon and it's now only two days away. Tomorrow afternoon we are going to check into a hotel and go to the pre-race expo. It's not really that far away, but we are both keyed up on race days and the idea of driving up in the early morning and possibly getting stuck in traffic is too scary. So tonight I need to think about what I want to bring with me.
I had a little bit of a cold this week but it seems to be passing. I'm a little anxious about the race but objectively, I'm very well-prepared. I ran my last really long runs (2+ hours) on hot days and had no access to water until the very last mile (not out of toughness, just because of the practical issues of the practice site). The weather will be cool on Sunday and there will be aid stations with water and Gatorade.
It will be weird running with hundreds of people around. I've been doing a lot of solitary runs this summer with nothing but my iPod. The last time I trained for a half marathon, I had a great training partner and we had a lot of fun conversations. I'm looking forward to the social aspect of it, and so the iPod is not coming with me on race day. I think it's best to stay alert and aware when running in a crowd, and there's always the possibility of meeting someone and chatting for part of the race.
I'm looking forward to changing up my training when this race is over. I will still be training but the emphasis will shift a bit. I'm going to scale back the long runs and try to work on speed for a while. I am also going to do more cross-training. My Spinning classes turned out to be not very inspiring -- they were at the wrong time of day for me and the instructor seemed a bit too uptight for my taste. I want to find a better Spinning class and also work on boosting my strength -- something that's hard to do when doing mega-mileage. I know from past experience that more strength work = better weight losses for me.
I'm not sure how the race will affect my weigh-in on Tuesday, but I will at least have a good story to tell at the meeting.