Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon – September 12, 2009 – The Day Before

Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon Elevation
Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon Elevation
At this point we’re all about as ready as we’re going to be.  I’ve included the elevation chart (from USATF.ORG).  It looks more dramatic than it really is because the graph is not based at zero.  You can see the lowest point at mile 9 (on Riverside) and the one mile climb up Lookout and you’d think you’re climbing Mount Everest.  But the vertical ascent there is in the neighborhood of just 200 feet over the course of the mile.
Packet picket is this afternoon/evening at the Doubletree Hotel from 4 PM to 7 PM at 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville 28803.
I’m taking it easy physically today and making sure I get enough carbs and electrolytes.  This is my 14th half marathon and my 4th ACT half marathon and I won’t do anything that I haven’t done before.  No new pre-race routines or foods.  No new shoes.  A proven pre-race dinner tonight (my favorite Fedelini pasta dish with San Marzano tomatoes).  Proven pre-race routine (Chia seeds for energy, coffee, banana, Gatorade, vitamin B-12).  I’ll get downtown about an hour ahead of time to get a decent parking spot, warm-up, chat with other runners and then go!
Looks like we’ll have decent race weather although I was hoping for cooler temperatures.  It looks like we’ll be around 60 degrees at the start, climbing a few degrees as it gets past 9 AM.  If I could ask for one thing it’s cloud cover for the final pull up Broadway.
Best wishes to all runners.  See you out there.

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