That's right! It's go time! In just 4 days, I will be running one leg of the Illinois Marathon Relay. I have been a part of a few races in my short career, mostly small events, with only a few hundred participants. This is the effing "Catalina Wine Mixer" of races for me. Thousands of participants, hundreds of volunteers, there is a freaking expo prior to the race! I am super pumped!
I am also a little nervous! Not about the run. I have been preparing for this for quite some time. I am currently injury-free (knocking on wood). And I anticipate having an incredible run. I am nervous about the logistics. Neither my teammates nor I have ever been in a race this big. I have no idea what to expect when we show up on race day. When you throw in the idea of a relay team and getting everybody where they need to be on time, the difficulties can certainly seem overwhelming. I know where everybody is supposed to be for the hand off, but getting to these locations considering road closures and traffic detours, I question if we are as prepared as we should be.
Now the weatherman is calling for heat and ran. Just another obstacle which we will have to overcome. I am not too scared about running in the rain, but if it turns to lightning I am assuming they will close the race, or at least postpone it for a short time. How does that work if you are already out on the course? I hope there will be some answers at the expo on Friday.
I am trying not to let these concerns get the best of me. All I really want is to go out and have the run of my life! I ran 7.13 miles last Saturday over the hilly terrain of Iowa City. I completed the run in 51 minutes! I am shooting for 6.9 miles over the flat terrain of East Central Illinois in 49 minutes! I think I can do it. Check that; I know I can do it! I am leaving my HR monitor at home; heart rate be damned! I am going to leave it all out on the course! Death or Glory! It's the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer!