I didn't expect to be sitting at my laptop at 3 AM but I woke up about an hour ago and couldn't fall back to sleep. It's not that I'm nervous about the today's race, it's just that I thought I might oversleep. It's unlikely I would have even though I never set an alarm. I was hungry anyway so I got up to eat. Waffles, a banana and some whey protein should hold me over until after the race.
It's been 20 years and 7 months since I ran my last marathon. I never thought I'd be running one again but my love of trail running got me interested in doing one on trails. All my previous marathons have been on roads. I set three goals for today. The first is the most important, to finish! Sure I am confident I can, but in a race of this distance minor issues can turn into big problems, and finishing can become a major struggle.
Goals number two and three are time goals. Although finishing is my main concern, I believe it's important to place some time limit out there to challenge yourself. Time goal #1 is a time I think I am capable of running based on my training and performances in shorter trail races over the past two months. Time goal #2 is a time I may be able to run if I have a day when everything falls into place and I run a perfect race. I'll know the answer to this in about 7 hours.
Goal #1: Finish
Goal #2: 4:30
Goal #3: 4:20
Good luck to all...