According to the countdown widget on my smartphone’s home screen, the Mississauga Half Marathon is only nine days away. I’m well into my taper, and feeling good.
That’s mostly because I don’t have any specific goals for this race. I’ll run by feel, and only want to enjoy myself on the course. I’ve trained well, and I’m in a good head space. I’m going to use the Hammer-inspired fueling protocol I’ve been using on my last few long runs (no breakfast, an Endurolytes Fizz 30 minutes before the race, a Hammer Gel 5 minutes before the race start, HEED during the race, and some Recoverite immediately after the finish). I’ll start slowly, and run conservatively for the entire distance. To set the stage properly, I’m going to run to the start, which is only 2K and a bit from my front door. That’ll serve as a nice warmup.
I be jammin’, as the old saying goes. Slow jammin’, for sure, but sometimes that’s the best kind.