It’s week 22? Or maybe 23? Seems like forever since I signed up for this race. I’m now sitting with less than two weeks until gun time. I know that over the next 10 days or so, nothing I do will help or improve my race. It’s too late for that. Instead I worry, and worry that what I’ve done wasn’t enough. I worry about all the long runs missed. I feel pretty confident on my mileage per week but I wish I’ve gotten at least a 50K under my belt. I worry that I haven’t done enough trail running. Although i know the course isn’t very technical from past experience, I can’t help but worry about my severe lack of trails I’ve seen for the training season. It’s been a cold long winter, lots of winter snow storms, lots of rainy weekends, and I’ve just haven’t been on the trails like I probably should have.
I worry that I haven’t spent enough time on me feet which is same as worrying that my runs have not been long enough. I worry about the night time and the bugs that will eat me. I worry about a blister I got from the Spartan race. I worry about which socks should I wear. Zensah compression? light running socks? Cushion? All at once? I worry that I haven’t fully gotten used to running in this heat. I worry about what to carry for hydration. My handheld bottle? My camelpak? Nothing and rely on the aid stations? I worry about how often I should eat? I worry about what my pace should be? 11min? 12? maybe even slower? I worry about the weather? What if it rains? I’ve already decided I’m not doing the race if it rains. I worry what my replacement 50 miler will be if it rains.
I share all my worries so I can let go. Once I put it out there, I can move on and focus on the excitement. Excitement of my first night race. Excitement for my first 50 miler. Excitement for a giant party in the woods with my trail loving friends. Excitement for the week or so running break I plan on taking afterwards.
Anyways, last week recap… less miles than I hoped but it’s a hard balance in life, love and running.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 20 Miles
It took 2 run buts I got it done to make up for the lack of double long run over the weekend. 7.3 miles during lunch and 12.7 miles after work into the evening. First run ended up being 8:11 pace on treadmill at incline 2 while the second averaged at 8:25 on the roads. I would have keep running but it was getting dark and the bugs were beginning to feast on me. Just one of those nights where I was mentally and physically there with the run.
Wednesday – 12 Miles
Was going to do 15 but ran out of time. Ran 7 during lunch and 5 after work. Both at a surprisingly decent pace.
Thursday – 8 Miles
No double run for me today. Felt pretty low and couldn’t get myself to run during lunch. However, got myself together after work and hit the treadmill. It was pouring outside so instead I stumped away at 8:15 pace on the workmill while watching kitchen confidential.
Friday – No Miles
Didn’t plan on resting but busy day with work, appointments and a 5 hour drive to NYC left no time.
Saturday – 20 Miles
A late start after 9AM and the weather was already reaching 80.
I ran up and down the curvy road. It was beautiful in that creepy empty wooded roads type of way.
Sunday – Spartan Race
About 4 mile run and half mile to and from parking lot. Full recap of all the pain to follow! I was planning on running 15 miles in the morning but am really glad I got lazy because I needed all strength I could gather to survive the race.
Total Miles – 60
Total Feelings – Wishing I ran more!