19 Oct 2013
The waiting game
I’ve been in Ontario for a little more than a week. I loved getting in a quick visit with my family in Stratford, especially during my taper when I had more time to hang out with them. I arrived at the hotel in Toronto on Thursday, and since then, have been relaxing and preparing for race day. It’s nice getting some zip back in my legs and recovering my physical and mental energy after a few months ‘in the twilight zone.’ It’s also been great rooming with Canadian champion Krista Duchene. We have similar pre-race routines and a nice balance of yakking and quiet time.
Our technical meeting was held late this afternoon to go over Sunday’s schedule and to hand over our hydration/nutrition bottles.
Everyone has a personal concoction that they know works to help fuel them to the finish line. I had dinner with Trent and Hilary; a tenderloin steak with fries (yup, fries) and will have my usual pre-marathon breakfast of toast with almond butter/honey, a banana and a bar.
Trent and I went over my race plan and the good news is, it looks like we’ll have ideal conditions for Sunday; cool, dry and (hopefully) light winds)!
So, tonight it will be early to bed. I feel pretty relaxed, prepared and fit. It’s now up to me to execute the strategy: keep my wits about me at the start, maintain my rhythm and focus through the middle, and stay tough to the finish.
Good luck to everyone running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.