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…thoughts before the 50k


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! πŸ˜‰ 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. ❀


28 thoughts on “…thoughts before the 50k

  1. Best of luck!! I actually volunteered for this race by chance. πŸ™‚

    • Awesome! Where will you be? I will be wearing the Oiselle race singlet. Make sure you say hi! πŸ™‚

      • They haven’t assigned places yet. From my understanding we all are helping with check-in/registration, then splitting us up once the 50k starts. I’ll totally try to find you. I’m sure I can find you πŸ˜‰

  2. GOOD LUCK! Can’t wait to hear the recap!!!

  3. best of luck! i know you will have a great race! don’t forget electrolytes or salt tabs! i have a really good feeling about this race for you!

  4. I am so excited for you!!! You are going to do awesome! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  5. Good luck!! You’re ready so you won’t really need any but I’m sending it all the same for good measure. Have a fabulous time tomorrow and I’ll look forward to reading all about it next week. Whohoooooo!!

  6. So exciting!! I think you are totally going into this with a good attitude. I have been a big fan recently of having a flexible schedule. It’s worked for me and kept me from getting too stressed out. Can’t wait to hear about your race! You will do great!!!

  7. I hope you have a blast. I’ll be sending prayers your way. Can’t wait to hear your recap. You’re gonna blow ’em all away, fast girl.

  8. Good luck, I’ll be thinking of you and cheering from San Jose!

  9. Good luck! You’ll do great. Enjoy the course!

  10. GOOD LUCK!!!!! Sending prayers your way! Have fun!!

  11. Sorry we didn’t meet up. I remember you crossing the line. You did amazing!!

    • Were you a medal hander-outer or the chip clipper?

      I wish the race had gone better in the last 2 laps, but I was happy to finish!

      Do you volunteer for races often?

      • I was the chip clipper, jeans and purple/gray stripped shirt. This was my first one volunteering but will totally do it again.

      • You should have said something!! Or did I look like I might puke on you…? πŸ˜‰

      • Lol, not at all. You finished awesome and I believe had a great group cheering you on. It didn’t click until the race was done that, that was you. πŸ™‚

      • I have an amazing group of supporters who come out to my races; including Chase (the dog)! Blessed beyond belief. I think you are in one of the pics Nick took of me at the finish. πŸ™‚

      • Yea, I’m pretty sure I cut your tag. Is Chase a Australian Shepard?

      • He’s a black lab. And a runner! He got really excited every time I saw him because I’m sure he thought I would take him with me. πŸ™‚

      • Ah ok. I was thinking he ran it with you. You should be proud of yourself. There was only 100 finishers for the 50K and you totally rocked it.

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