Race: Foster City 10-miler
Date & Time: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m.
Where: Foster City, CA (duh)
– Course map
– According to Foster City insider Cathryn, the course is mostly flat, with one hill on the bridge crossing the lagoon in the last mile (of course).
– 6 miles are on the Bay Trail, which could be really nice, or really boring, or both.
– Looks pretty exposed – might need sunglasses!
– There’s also this course preview video. It made me feel a little motion sick, so proceed at your own risk!
Since this will be my first road 10-miler, I’ll have an automatic PR on Sunday as long as I cross the finish line. Woot! That said, I would like to finish under 1:31 (~similar pace to a sub-2 half) as this is a tune-up race for Kaiser.
– Run with my Garmin covered, as per one of my 2014 running goals. Maybe this is cheating, but I’m putting a big piece of electrical tape over the time and pace display. I’d still like to see the distance in case there aren’t any mile markers.
– Try to pace an even/negative split.
– Practice/experiment taking in more fuel than usual, in preparation for Kaiser. I’ll be carrying a bottle of Cytomax and 2 Gu packets. (Sidenote: I really like my Amphipod handheld, but the one gripe I have about it is that the nozzle was getting incredibly difficult to open and close. Long story short, I got fed up and finally ordered a new bottle. I received it yesterday, and was really pleased to see that they’ve updated the nozzle design from plastic snap-top to rubber that I can pull open with my teeth. Just tried it out this morning and it works like a dream! This makes me so happy and best of all, it was only $5. Hooray!!)
– Have fun!
Sports psychologists suggest visualization as a good method to mentally train for race day. I noticed recently that when I visualize races, I often think about how great it will feel to cross the finish line, or running effortlessly as if I’m flying. While both of those images are good, I’ve also been more conscientious lately about visualizing discomfort during the race — to acknowledge that it will happen if I’m trying my best (which I intend to do) and that it’s temporary. I’m hoping that all of the threshold and speed-endurance workouts I’ve been doing in the last 3 weeks will pay some dividends in the mental toughness department, as well as the physical, of course.
Anyway, I’m excited about starting the 2014 racing season with this inaugural event! Anyone else racing this Sunday?