Saturday, September 17, 2005

'M' Day Minus One and Counting!

Well, tomorrow’s the big day. Am I nervous? To be sure, but in a positive way.

The weather forecast for tomorrow: 11-15°C warming to 19°C, cloudy with a slight wind. I’m a bit concerned on what to wear. I thought about pink with an orange hat ;-) No actually I mean because it will be fairly chilly for a just a short sleeve shirt when I start out. My normal long running shorts are fine, but I am wondering if I should throw on an old T-Shirt for the first half that I can eventually discard or something in this direction.

My chip is in place on my shoe (I bought one as I can use it in several races in the area). I am picking up my start number after lunch today. I will also pack my sport bag today with a change of clothes and shower stuff for after the race tomorrow. Showers are available at the sport hall where race is held.

I had 10 hours sleep on Thursday night and about 8 hours last night. I will TRY to get in bed early tonight. I need to get up around 6 a.m. and be on the road by 7:00. I know from last year when I ran the HM that the parking lot fills pretty fast so I want to arrive an hour and half early. The ‘M’ starts at 9:00 a.m.

The first half of the race is the same for the HM and M – it is the same route that was used last year so I know the first half pretty well. I have been studying the second half of the route and have it pretty well in my head. Of course I know the area pretty well after having lived in Karlsruhe for 3 years in the 1980’s while in the military and living in the area for quite a while. I guess I have hometown advantage.

So I plan on taking it easy for most of today. I need to run a couple errands when I pick up my start packet, otherwise I plan on sitting and working on my genealogy webpage (e.g. staying off my feet). For motivation I have the race route and a picture of the RBF New Haven Road Race Crew 2005 hanging next to my computer. I thank everyone for the support and encouragement. It DOES mean the world to me, I love you guys.

Tomorrow morning is the final test! Time to do it!!

Wow, it's finally (almost) here!! I'm so excited for you!! Of course we will all be rooting for you and sending our special RBF Power Vibes across the ocean. You are gonna rock! Have fun :D
the time has come! awesome. have a great race man. kick butt!!!
Go Jack Go!!

Smooth and strong, friend.
Run Jack! I'm so excited, especially because this one is actually during the day and I'll get to read your race report at a reasonable hour ;)
I am so excited for you!! I'll definitely be rooting for you during my run tomorrow! Can't wait to read about your success tomorrow ....

You rock, Jack!!!
Is it race day now in Germany? You must be running already. No wait, I think its 6 hours ahead. Yikes! You must be done already. Hope your race was great, Jack. I know you've been training your butt off for it. Can't wait for your report!
Pink with an orange hat....that would have been cool. :-)
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