It’s just after 6 AM on Saturday, September 30th. I’m preparing to run in the Thomas Wolfe 8k in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The temperature is in the low to mid 40s. I typically run without a shirt in the warmer weather but I’m not so sure about today.
I’ve started my pre-race routine. Start the coffee, have some coconut oil capsules for energy. A glass of Kombucha (fermented mushroom beverage) for energy. I’ll take a few Advil before I leave the house to pre-empt any minor aches. I’ll also have something for an additional energy boost before I leave (raw chocolate).
Packet pickup is at the Thomas Wolfe visitor center on Market St. I’ll be there by about 7 AM and the race starts at 8 AM. I’m shooting to beat 38 minutes. I’ve done two different 8k races in the past two months and remarkably, I’ve had the exact same time for each — 38:15. We’ll see what today brings.