I've planned my pace for tomorrow. My goal is to have my time recorded and finish under 2:30. I picked up my race packet - the race staging area will be lively and packed tomorrow.
I have normal race jitters - which show up as negative self-talk. (haven't trained hard enough etc.). I turned around these thoughts to positive optimism. This is after all only a training run for the full marathon next month!
I will violate the primary rule of racing - I bought a new running bra which I will wear during the race. The one I have been using for long runs offer too much compression. I don't bounce, but I can't breath either. Hopefully this one is a happy compromise.
I spent some time thinking about why I like to race. I only race against myself, mind you. But having a goal organises and motivates my training. It is not possible to catch up in the last-minute and "cram" the training that is needed to adapt and improve over months. This fact helps me build self-discipline and pride.
I also love the excitement of the fellow athletes and spectators. Mostly I train by myself. So a race is a rare moment to share an activity I love with others. And I love the diversity of participants. I have learned unique lessons from every race. Tomorrow I'll tell you all about my second half-marathon.