Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Final Countdown

And so it happened. Time did indeed pass, and I am a week out from my first 50 miler. When I hit "register" on that ultrasignup page, and even when I began training, it didn't actually seem like the race would ever really happen.

But it's about to happen.

I am still not actually sure it's even possible to run 50 miles. Well, I know people who've done it. I've seen people in the middle of doing it, and even finishing a 50 mile race . . . I just am still not convinced it's possible. How could I train up to 30 miles, then magically tack on 20 more miles on race day? That doesn't seem like a real thing that a person would do. Not a sane person, at least.

But I'm about to do it.

Hold me. 

Coming down Patterson Mountain last year in the Sun Mountain 50k.
I will be at this spot at just over the halfway point this year. 

I have to say that I'm enjoying my taper. I like not worrying about running all of the time. Last weekend I slept in both days. I am eyeing the dismal state of my house and garden knowing I will get to start paying attention to it again soon. Most of all I like my body (namely my cranky hip) not hurting 24/7. It's nice to have short runs and time for lots of stretching and foam rolling each day.

The planning for the race has also begun. I printed course maps, I outlined the cut-offs, and figured out when and where my family should meet me out on the course. In a stroke of brilliance I saved copies of my packing lists from the Sun Mountain 50k last year-- just reusing my packing list for the race and for meal planning. Saves me a ton of time! My family and I are staying in the exact same cabin we were in last year, which we are looking forward to. It will be such a fun vacation in the Methow Valley! Even though (or especially because?) I am running a race that might be impossible to run. 

A bit further down Patterson Mountain last year. 
I hope to even feel half as amazing at this same point this year. 
Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

One big difference this year is that the weather, at least so far, is looking cooler and rainy. When I checked on Thursday night (I check at LEAST twice per day) there were thunderstorms in the forecast! Eek! As a Pacific Northwest girl I am completely comfortable in the rain, but when running there is a difference between a nice steady rain with damp trails and a downpour with trails that are mud pits and rivers. The later would slow my already slow going pace down to a crawl. 

The training's in the bag, the weather will do what it wants, and I just hope my body can hang in there for the ride.

Here we go.

1 comment:

  1. I am SO, SO excited for you! I know I haven't been commenting as often, but I have been checking in whenever I get a break from homework. I can't wait to read about how it goes. I can't wait to get back into running and start training for ultras again!!

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