WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Sunday, Sept. 23
Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon
NO REALLY, WHY?
This is another race with no concrete motivation to take part in, other than it's there. If my toddler is in a good mood Sunday morning, she'll probably enjoy watching the balloons and moseying around the festival with my wife. If not, I'll head off solo again.
WHO ELSE IS GOING?
The race is sold out. My detective work suggests there are 500 entrants (400 announced at registration open, 100 added at the end of August).
WHAT'S THE FORECAST?
A cold front is due to come through Saturday night so it might be just 60 degrees at the start, but it should warm up quickly as the sun goes up, so hurry up and finish before that happens.
HOW DO WE WIN?
I'm dropping my mileage a bit this week so if it is indeed cool at the start, it's possible that my 1:29:51 PR is in play since I've been racing well this month and the course is generally flat. I'll predict a finish of 1:31-something. Last year, a mere 1:41 would've won the age group (and 1:35 was good for 3rd overall), but with the size of the field doubling this year (and the race now on a different weekend than Tour des Fleurs), that won't happen again.