I ran an easy 6km early in the day to keep it loose for tomorrow. I felt good and relaxed. My pace was too fast and steady for Odie to feel comfortable running with me on a leash. I was in the Dunes in the daytime, so he needed to stay on the line or I would get a fine and he would be a pain to cyclists etc. When we run on the beach, he's off the leash and can cool off in the water. I think he likes "intervals" better too - poke around sniffing and then gallop to catch up with me. I chose the dunes for some solid ground beneath my feet.
I have my race plan, which is to pace myself early and go hard for the last 5 km. I can run faster than I think I can. Rogier's proved that to me by getting me to run on the treadmill a lot faster & harder than I do outside. So, we'll see how this goes. There's a 2:30 cut-off and last year I just missed an official finish time since I let myself get rattled by the sweepers who start around 8 km telling the back of the pack they're too slow.
I've eaten well today. potatoes and fruit and veg. looking forward to a good night sleep and a fun day. Two of my mom's sisters are coming tomorrow for a visit and I am so excited to see them. I'll be starting the race just as they're arriving and hopefully they'll get to see part of the race.
Here's the course.CPC