Thankfully, spring has at long last arrived. When I drove to Roanoke about 2 weeks ago to buy new running shoes, everything was brown and dead looking. Not pleasant scenery. Today, there was tons of spring green, and a lot of trees with bright purple flowers. It was a gorgeous drive after the drab grays and browns of an obscenely long winter.
This is the road heading up towards the top of Mill Mountain, about 2 or so miles into the race.
A short trail section at the top of the mountain, shortly before mile marker 4.
The view from the top of the mountain.
No time to stop and take it in during the race so I drove up there today to check it out.
The Mill Mountain Star
This year's race t-shirt.
Most awesome race shirt. Ever.
There seems to be some sort of convention of young college boys in my hotel. They were rampaging through the hallways earlier...it's quiet now but I'm terrified that they will be loud in the wee hours of the morning and keep me awake. I sincerely hope that all is quiet so that I have at least a chance of sleeping in this bed that is sadly not mine...
Last major decision to make...to run with a watch or not to run with a watch. I'm trying not to race with a watch anymore, but I've developed a nasty habit of running my first mile way too fast (like dangerously close to 6 or below). I kind of feel like I need to bring a watch just to make sure I don't ruin my race by doing that again. (I think that I would have done way better in my February race if I hadn't gone out so darn fast). But, I don't want to bring a watch because I want to run the rest of the race by feel without keeping an eye on my watch and obsessing about splits and pretending that I can actually do the math in my head. (Ok, I can probably do the math in my head if I try really hard. But it's hard to get it accurate when most of my brain power is going towards keeping my legs moving and my lungs working)
I'm pretty sure I'll leave the watch behind. I sincerely hope I can run my first mile between 6:30 and 7 if I do that...and not end up over-compensating and running my first mile slower than 7. That will be hard to make up later in the race. Winning time last year was 1:29 and my 2nd place time was 1:35. If I can break 1:30 on this race...it will be amazing. And I totally want to achieve that. Please.