...but the course is also lined with spectators, dancers, musicians, and many of the costumed characters. It's a hyper-visual race.
I'll be run-walking the 5K with my mom, so that's an easy 3.1 miles I don't have to worry about. I'll also be running the half with my friend Robert. He's quite a speedster, and I was happy he slowed down and ran the half together last year.
So, yes, there is plenty distraction by way of the course and the company. And yet, staring down the barrel of 6+ hours of run time, I figure there are going to be some blank miles I'll just have to mentally muscle through. Instead of risking getting a single line of a song stuck in my head - Holly's Rhianna line "Shine bright like a chicken" is threatening to be that earworm - it's best a get prepared.
So, a thought or phrase or song to focus on for every mile. Packing this post in my fuel belt just in case.