I executed the 9-week training plan relatively closely, but didn’t really have my heart in it. It has been a bit warm and humid the past few weeks, so my pacing has been noticeably slower. I’m close to being in the same shape as last year when I ran this race in 1:29, but the weather looks like it will be a little warmer this year compared to last year. Last year started at 63 degree with cloud cover, but this year has a forecast of 71 degrees. As a result, I think it will be a challenge to break 1:30.
I don’t have much of a strategy going into the race tomorrow. I’ll run by feel, but try to maintain a sub-7 minute pace for most of the race. The course can be fast, with the first two miles on mild rolling hills, miles 2 – 5 downhill, miles 5 – 11.5 flat, miles 11.5 – 12.5 on a steep uphill, then flat to the finish.
I am 3 lbs lighter (145.2 lbs vs 142.2 lbs) with 0.8% less body fat (8.8% vs 8.0%) compared to the same time last year. However, I’m not sure I really feel any lighter when running. It is also interesting to note that I’m still experiencing the mild plantar fasciitis one year later. It hasn’t really gotten any worse, but doesn’t seem to want to go away.
It should be interesting tomorrow. Normally I go into these races motivated and with some level of confidence of how I’ll do. But honestly, I’m not sure what to expect or if I’ll rise to the occasion.