First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you nice people that read my blog and responded with such positive comments. I kept reading the comments over and over throughout the last couple of days and it really helped calm me down. I appreciate them SO MUCH. You guys are GREAT!
Like I always do two nights before a "race", I went out for pasta. Chicken Fettuccine was the choice tonight. I couldn't finish the entire plate so I will have the rest for lunch tomorrow. What? I couldn't finish the whole plate? No!!! I had to save room for dessert. LOL
I'm back to being excited about Sunday. Just a tad concerned about the temperature. Now they are saying it's going to be 86 to 90 degrees. I originally had thoughts of wearing a waist pack with one 20 ounce bottle. But now, without a doubt, I am wearing my Nathan hydration pack which will hold, if I need it, 1.75 liters. I will be bringing margarita flavored Clif shot bloks because they have more sodium. I will be sure to drink lots of fluids and soak my head whenever possible.
As usual, my goal is to complete the distance and not be DFL. If I am to be honest, (which I always am) I expect my finish time to be 8-10 hours. When I do the Golden Hills Trail Marathon, my finishing times have been 6:38 and 6:28. With the elevation of this marathon, I think I can easily add on another couple of hours. Do I want to be out in that heat for that long? Uh, that would be a big hell no! But, I have a feeling that's what it is going to take.
Now, maybe some of you are thinking, "then why the heck are you doing this?" Well I will tell you just a few reasons. 1) Because I will get to see some of my friends (either running or volunteering). 2) I've never been to the top of Mt. Diablo and this is one way for me to get there. The scenery is supposed to be spectacular. 3) I want to see if I can. 4) Aid station treats!
I plan on taking it one step at a time and making sure each step I take is leading me in a forward direction. I have to remember to breathe deeply and take in the beauty of the day. I hope to have lots of great pictures to share with you all.
One more day and I get to run. Yup, I'm excited! ;)