Last year's route - the one for 2015 hasn't been certified yet, but it will look very similar to this one.
Having something specific to focus on is really helping me stay on track. I'm exercising a lot, I'm eating less (and have had a couple of VERY HUNGRY DAYS to show for it), and I'm visualizing myself on the course...in my mind, I'm having an excellent race, I'm feeling great, and I'm loving the entire event. That's what I want - please note I'm not saying that I want to finish in a specific time, nor am I saying that I'm looking super skinny. I just want to run well and have a great race. And right now, having a strong visualization of that goal seems to be helping me put in the work to get there.
I don't remember being this focused on a goal when I was losing weight back in 2008. Maybe because I had so much to lose, I couldn't be very specific? Or, maybe the combination of having lost that weight and gained such a different life as a result has opened me up to being able to see myself having success. I'm not entirely sure why this feels different, but it is - and it feels right.