I am familiar with this route, I have done this on the past on the same race. What makes it different now, before the start of the race I am already wet, and few minutes after, I can now feel my shoes starting to get wet as well. I just enjoy every minute of it. It's cold as the rain never stops and sometimes the wind blows but the good thing about it I never had to think about the heat of the sun as it rises above the horizon.
I focus on my speed at this time. But a controlled one as well, as it is raining I am too afraid I might land on a slippery side of the road, I always aim for an injured free race. As my feet gets wetter and water just gets out of my shoes, I can feel the muscles on my legs getting tighter, I am too afraid to get cramps, I can not imagine how it feels. So I just enjoy the scenery of the city on a gloomy morning of Sunday. Concentrating on my breathing, other runners catch up with me, and I sometimes catch up with other runners. There are bananas on some aid stations that serve as my food on the entire race, leaving the food I bring untouched.
Another race conquered, another miles added. 'Til the next run.