The weather is throwing me for a bit of a loop. It looks like great conditions - not too hot, but not too cold. If this was a long, slow training run I would probably wear capris and and a light long-sleeved shirt. But this isn't a training run, it's a race! I know I will warm up much faster running at race pace than I would at training pace.
|The latest weather.com predictions|
I'm pretty sure I will go with shorts. But do I go with no sleeves/shorts (and show off my Gator pride during March Madness!)....
|Gotta support my Gators in their March Madness run!|
|Outfit option #2|
But at least my staples are consistent. Shoes, bras, socks - those never change and easy to pack. I'm a huge fan of Moving Comfort's "Fiona" bra lately. The straps are completely adjustable, and the back has a hook closure like a real bra. It has way more support than the standard compression bra. And we all know how much I love my Asics 2170s by now.
And of course, accessories! I love my number belt because it gives a place to stick my fuel, and I don't have to worry about safety pins leaving holes in my favorite shirt or shorts. I also can't live without my trusty Garmin 610, sunglasses (on a sunny day), iPod, or fuel. I guess I'm not a very "minimalist" runner. C'est la vie.
|All my accessories.|
I found this great company, Races to Remember, who offers pace bands specific to your strategy/course. Since we knock out most of the hills on this course before mile 6, I went with a negative split plan. It will probably be tough to hit the exact paces on the band, but I figure it will be good way to gauge my pace overall by using the elapsed time. I plan on using the 1:59 band, but my friend talked me into making a 1:57 band and a 1:55 band too just in case I end up feeling really good. We'll see!
|Sub-2 looks so doable on paper...|