Okay, after my mini crisis on Wednesday when I was doom and gloom and feeling sorry for myself, my eye has improved enough each day that I think that I can safely run tomorrow! After embracing the notion that I wouldn't be able to run, I now have to switch gears and get into that "race" mode. Although calling this a race is, perhaps, abusing the meaning of that word. I recognize that I'll be going slow, for much of it. While it won't be as brutal as, say, the Mt. Wilson race, in terms of elevation, I will have to sustain the ascents and descents for considerably more mileage. So, the race/run will certainly challenge me, even if I take it in a slow gear! It should be a beautiful day - or a wet one, if today's rain doesn't clear up by tomorrow. Obviously I'm gunning for the former, and the idea of great views was one of the reasons that I signed up for this run/race.
Today, then, is a bit of a rest day. Well, the entire week has been a bit a rest week, in terms of running (or any physical activity, for that matter), but this is "intentional rest". I did go cheer on our students who raced today - go cross country! They were super fast - oh, to be young again! But at the moment, I'm watching the UCLA/USC game, looking at a pile of papers, and listening to our dogs snore.
As for tomorrow, most of my gear is ready to go. The question that still remains - to run with the stupid garmin or not? In many ways, I really do enjoy the information that garmin gives me, and sometimes I push myself a bit more because I'm looking at my time. However, this is not a road race, and, as I mentioned earlier, I cannot focus on speed tomorrow. Like the tortoise, my goal is a slow and steady pace and, hopefully, a strong finish. At the same time, I'd love to see the data, see my elevation gain/loss and, if I sign up for the same race next year, to be able to compare. Oh, garmin, how you confound me!
So, the jury's still out. I'll probably decide as I line up at the start! Speaking of the start, I do appreciate that I will be showing up to run tomorrow, and I'm excited (and nervous!) about the experience!