I was all prepared to compile this long list of goals for the year and then I started to think about them, I mean really think about them and turns out I basically have two:
1. Finish every race I start.
2. Don’t get injured.
Yes, finish every race I start, so it also includes that 100 miler I have my eye on. Also, “start” is the operative word here. If I don’t start a race, how will I ever finish it eh? And If I’m not injured, chances are I’ll start each race, right? I like the sound of this.
I can’t believe I’m only a few short days away from undertaking my first 100 mile race! What began as a 15 month journey, has whittled down to a matter of hours. Eek!!! When I signed up to do Javelina Jundred on the morning of January 1, 2016, after deciding to do it back in July 2015, I had no idea what to expect for the next several months. I knew long runs would be on my plate, as well as, back-to-backs, night running, heat, and mental training, but there were a few other things I didn’t know would happen as training got underway.
We’re a few days into October and this means it’s officially race month! In 6 days I have the Chicago Marathon and in 26 days, Javelina Jundred. Yes, the time has arrived where the fruits of my training for the past 10 months will be realized. I know I’ve trained all year for this month and I can’t believe it’s here! It was bound to happen, right???
I wish I had another 10 months. But I don’t.
This past weekend had me doing my longest back-to-back runs. Friday and Saturday had me diving into 25 milers on both days and I can safely say, I was pretty nervous about them.
Never in any of the marathons I’ve done, have I had to run in the dark. Although my times have been pretty slow, so I’m surprised it never came to that. However, there is no escaping running in the dark during Javelina Jundred so I better prepare for it.
It is officially fall season! Can you feel the cool crispness in the air? Yeah, me neither. It’s still quite warm and humid here in La La Land.
If there is something I feel prevailing during the past several months of training is I think I’ve come very close to injury without anything completely knocking me out and I’m going to keep saying my sweet nightly prayers to make sure it stays that way. A wonky knee, a rolled ankle, achy arches, and heel pain could have all potentially derailed my races, but maybe that’s a testament to me taking extra care whenever I feel any weirdness outside of normal soreness. Or maybe I’m invincible! Ha! Just kidding.
Just as the title suggests, my mileage went from 70 miles down to 10. Actually more like 9.8, but who’s really keeping track? Uh, ME! All in a matter of one week.
A friend of mine recently asked me, “You ever take a recovery week and knock your mileage in half?”
I sort of have during training. Definitely very close to it.
Now I can say, I took it down 85%. That’s if my math was right, which it normally isn’t.
If you read my previous post – Too Early to Hit the Panic Button – you’ll know why my mileage dropped down last week. And if you didn’t, well, you can go ahead and mosey on over to the other post if you’d like. I’ll wait patiently.
It took a few days for me to run again after the weekend – 3 days to be exact. I finished off last week with my highest mileage ever in my life! Yeah, somehow I managed to run/walk/hike/cry my way through 70 miles and it’s the most I’ve ever completed without the use of a car. And it scared me.
I’ve never reached that kind of mileage and the first thoughts I had were:
I wanted to write about my training adventure on the Backbone Trail while it was still very fresh in my mind, but I realized if I immediately wrote about it, there’d be a whole lot more “F Bombs” dropped in the post. Best to take a day, or four, to reflect about the experience.
It’s the day before my next 50K race and I’m on the cusp of freakout mode. You see, not only is the Bulldog 50K an important race for me in terms of a personal goal and part of my 100 mile training, but as I’m tackling those 31-ish miles, I’m also aware I’m exactly 9 weeks until I line up to the Javelina Jundred starting line! 9 weeks!!!