Last night an email popped into my inbox with the race weekend logistics. From the looks of it, I didn't see much has changed. We have an early wakeup call and the vans roll out at 5:45 for the start.
What interested me the most were the names on the "To:" line of the email. A few of the names were very familiar because I have raced them before. While some of the names that I recognized from other races but I hadn't seen on the OBX list before.
A couple of those guys are really tough Master's Runners with times in the mid 2:30. If I have any plans to be with them late in the race, I will really need to bring my "A" game this weekend. But it also puts me in the role of being the "underdog". The "underdog" role is a role that I relish. By being over matched, these guys are expected to be well ahead of me so when I still around late, my confidence starts to grow. And, we all know the racing doesn't really start until 20 miles of the marathon.
For now, I guess we will all have to wait until about 9:20. That will roughly be about the time that I pass through 20 miles on Sunday morning. Keep your fingers crossed.
Thoughts from the Cool Down Runner