Tomorrow is the last big mileage race before the marathon, and even though I've been traipsing around the mountains of Colorado for the past week, I feel ready. Unexpectedly ready. And I'm not sure if that's a good thing.
Part of me thinks I should be feeling tired and maxed-out heading into the taper, not feeling rested for my last long run. So I'm starting to panic a little. Were all those epic drives too much rest for the legs? Should I have made more of an effort to squeeze workouts into already jam-packed days, sleep deprivation aside?
But the truth is, its a little late for "what ifs." Now's more of a time for "let's use these red blood cells you've been making at 8000' to hammer this half!"
So that's the plan. Smash-fest. I'm hoping to beat my PR. And I'm saying it out loud. I mean business. I'm planning to start with the pace group that's 10 minutes faster than my previous half marathon PR and see if I can hang on. This could be a set-up for epic racing or epic failure. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.