I’m running my first 50k tomorrow! What began as an off-hand comment in a post-marathon state of delirium a year and a half ago, is finally coming to fruition. I’m a mix of emotions. Most recently, EXCITEMENT!
The Training: When I look back on my training, I know that I did what I could with the time that I had. Sure, I wish I could have put in more miles each week. Heck, I have put in more miles per week in marathon training! Sure, I wish I had done more back-to-back long runs on the weekends. Sure, I wish the spring snow hadn’t been so relentless so I could have been running on the trails more. But as a commuter, and someone who works over an hour from where she lives, I could only do so much. I put in a lot of miles on the trails when I could. And these were typically technical mountain biking trails. More difficult than what the real course will be. I hope that will help once I hit the trail tomorrow!
The Taper: The past 3 weeks have been pretty minimal with running. I certainly didn’t follow a typical taper with cutting back a certain percentage each week, as I have in the past. I’m sure my body was really telling me what to do, as opposed to my schedule. It’s been an untimely sickness for me in the past two weeks. A bad cold has had me out for the count off and on. And I’ve mainly been conflicted with what to do about the race. But after 5 months of training and a year and a half of dreaming, there is no way I’m NOT going to run on Saturday.
The Goal: My only goal is to finish. It’s truly been the goal all along. A new distance will afford me a PR anyway! 😉 I’d also like to finish healthy. I randomly struggle with nausea and fueling on long runs/races. I can’t pinpoint why or when or how. So, I’d like to be smart and try to fuel properly and finish feeling good!
Thank you to all who have read about my training and have encouraged and supported me. The running community always make my heart smile. ❤