I'm presently procrastinating, and not packing up my things for Moab. It's okay, though-there's not really much to get together for a 24-hour getaway.
I was happy to sign up for this race with my daughter this year-we are running the 5-miler together instead of last year's divide-and-conquer, in which she ran the 5-miler and I ran the half. Earlier on, I expected to feel a bit bummed out to not run the half. After all, it's a PR-worthy course that is flat-ish with a gentle downhill roll. My most "recent" (last June) half was a total disaster, and Canyonlands 08 still stands as my half marathon PR, and I surely would have been looking at dropping several minutes now that I'm averaging 50-55 miles per week, and not the 30-40 from a year ago. It's now just three weeks before my marathon, though, and this morning I am feeling excellent about not racing a half tomorrow. If anything, it helps me build mojo for the marathon, and get that good antsy feeling that will hopefully have me bouncing off walls by April 11.
I also look forward to helping Alexis reach her running goals, and talking her through if and when she needs it. The girl who won the 10 and under age group last year ran just about even 8:00 miles and I really don't think A will be able to reach that-but I have thought similarly at other races where she just lights up and does things I've never seen her do in training-so never say never! I know that ultimately she'll be happy with a PR, since you can only control your own performance-so that will be goal number one. (Of course, ssssssssh- she's said she WANTS to go for that Kokopelli trophy that the winner gets several times.....so if I see that she's feeling really good, I'm going to very quietly push the pace without telling her or having her stress over it).
The weather forecast looks fabulous-er-HOT. We shivered our butts off before last year's races, though-so it makes pre-race a little nicer, and better weather for strolling around Moab after. Can't wait to hit the road!