My outfit has been selected and I’m ready to go. Now I’m just hoping the weather cooperates. We’re currently under a heat advisory, and the course time limit has been lowered from 6.5 to 5 hours. That in itself isn’t such a big deal as I’m planning on around a 5-hour finish time.
The problem is the cutoff at the half (where you go through the chute to go back out for the 2nd half) is also closing early. This the current situation, as taken from the race’s web site:
So while it’s more than likely I’ll be stopped at the half, I’m not going to change my race day strategy. I’m not going to kill myself by trying to beat that “undisclosed” time; I’m just going to enjoy myself (as much as that’s possible in 90+ degree temps ;)) and whatever is meant to be, will be.
That being said, I’ve really enjoyed this round of training and so I’ve decided that I’ll be doing it again for a(nother) marathon in November! Stay tuned for details…