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.
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.