Thursday, October 10, 2013

As Ready as I am Going to Get

This upcoming weekend is the Xterra Point Mugu race. I have been only able to do limited training for this event for the last couple of months because of my recovery from pleurisy. I have had some worries about a setback but have not encountered any. So I guess that means I need to stop being a baby and letting the worry of re-injury hold me back.

Tuesday was my last real training day that I am attempting before the race on Sunday. I did some uphill fartleks to work on my speed and hill running ability. Uphill fartleks are an evil combination and I think I'll "forget" to add them to any future training schedule I come up with. Total distance ended up being about 3 miles.

This evening I'll do an easy run. I believe I'm as ready, or in this case, as unprepared and not ready as I'm ever going to get. Also this week I'll be getting my before race haircut. Nothing makes me feel more faster than a fresh haircut a couple days before a race. I'm not quite sure why. I just feel more aerodynamic and lighter somehow. I'm also still in search of that very allusive race day picture that actually turns out acceptable.

Saturday I volunteered to help mark the course. So I better drink a lot of water. OK, that was a cheesy joke. I will be marking the course though and I hope I do a decent job. I have never run this course before and I'm not even familiar with the area. So I apologize in advance to any runners that get lost or confused.

What before race rituals or superstitions do you have?
I always get my haircut because it makes me feel like a superhero.

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