13.1 Miles racing through scenic Vermont.
I’m racing the Kingdom Challenge half marathon tomorrow. This will be my last long race until Boston Marathon Training gets underway and I take on the (Boston Prep Race and the Eastern states 20 Miler in the dead of winter. Brrrrrr!). Running has been pretty up and down for me lately. I’ve been able to get some good racing in this fall but I feel like I have had training ADHD and I have not felt great about most of my race performances. Most of my racing has been on the trails this fall so I want to give it one last shot at racing before the snowflakes really start to fly and I trade in my sneakers for my cross country skis (well, at least for a little bit). I am excited to hit the road as my foot actually feels good on the road.
The Kingdom Challenge Half Marathon is not an easy course by any means. This half marathon is a point to point beginning in Lyndonville, VT and ending in St. Johnsbury, VT. There is actually over 4,000 feet of elevation change on the course including a monster hill on a scenic dirt road complete with cows. Racing and training in this area is definitely not flat. I am trying not to put pressure on myself and just want to go out and “enjoy” the run. I am debating whether or not to wear my Garmin.
One of the bigger challenges tomorrow will be figuring out what to wear as the forecast calls for a lovely mix of rain and snow with a high temperature of 44 degrees. It’s time to breakout the winter running gear! It will be 29 degrees at the start!
Are you racing this weekend? May you have speedy legs and a strong heart. Leave it all on the course! I’ll see you in 13.1 Miles!