It’s been less than 24 hours since I touched down, but I’m already having a great time in California – despite the weather reminding me a lot more of upstate New York than I’d ideally like. Also, I may or may not have had California Love stuck in my head for the entire day. I will probably be singing it during the race tomorrow so um … you’re welcome, people running around me.
I showed up
late last night early this morning to the best welcome message I have ever received in my whole entire life.
Today involved a 3 mile shakeout run, hitting up the expo, and a lot of food. Which are pretty much the staples of any really good day. Sacramento is really a beautiful place.
After a stress fracture scare during taper, and not giving myself a chance to fully recover from hip bursitis, I really only want to finish this thing feeling strong. I do think I am pretty close to running a BQ, but it won’t be this race. I am going to go for a PR, and I hope that I will be able to prove to myself that my fitness has improved since March.
I plan on starting with the 3:45 pace group and sticking with them through at least mile 11. At that point, if I’m feeling like it’s a cakewalk, I’ll start picking it up. I am trying hard to run a solid negative split and feel strong during the last few miles. I won’t lie – the closer I can get to 3:40, the happier I’ll be overall – but I’m really not tying the success criteria of this race to an overall time.
I am going to go out and have a blast running a marathon because I’m lucky enough to be able to. See ya on the other side!