Are you tired of me talking about the Golden Ultra yet? his has been the longest training program e v e r so I feel you. I’m tired of me talking about it too – hah! Guess what? As soon as it’s over, we dive right into talking about more training! The NYC Marathon is just around the corner so that will soon consume all of my thoughts/blog posts/life.
Anyway, I thought I’d just talk a bit about how I’m feeling. I know I do my training recaps on Mondays but I don’t really get into where my head’s at. With the race just being one week away, I thought today would be the perfect time to just put it all out there! I also finally registered this morning. Talk about last minute! You never know what can happen during a training cycle so I waited until the bitter end to go through with registration. It’s finally official though. My name is on the list, my flight is booked and I’ll be meeting Emily next Thursday to start our mountain adventure!
To say I’m nervous is an understatement. It’s my first go at a race like this so I think it’s completely normal for me to have that ‘what the F am I doing?’ feeling, right? I have moments of doubt (a lot of them) but also a lot of moments of excitement. I haven’t seen Emily in over a year and now we get to spend three whole days running up and down a mountain together. Is there anything better than running, eating, chatting, cursing, crying, and celebrating with one of your very best friends? Nope.
I have questioned my training – did I run enough? So many people who run these things have higher mileage than me. I didn’t really train on trails either so how am I going to make it? Emily trains solely on a treadmill and then goes to win 100-mile trail races but I know that I’m not like her. Her mental and physics strength surpasses that of just about anyone I know.
What if I get sick? What if I have stomach issues? What if I’m too slow and we don’t make the cut-off? What do I wear? Do I really need to pack bear spray? BEAR SPRAY. What the hell. And my shoes – what if they hurt? I rolled my ankles in my Hokas about 100 times the last time I ran in them. I did buy another pair of trail shoes – the adidas Kanadia 8. I ordered them online last week and just got them a couple days ago. I took them out for five miles yesterday and they felt good but who knows how they will hold up in Golden?? I’m thinking I may wear them on day one (5K) to see how they feel on that terrain, wear my Hokas on the second day (60K) and keep my adidas ones in my drop bag in case I feel like changing during the race. Who knows what I will do on day three. Sounds like a pretty great amateur plan, hey??
Anyway, I haven’t felt great this week (sore throat, tired, blah blah) so I’ve only run once. I guess this is a true taper. I know the miles right now won’t do much so I’m not mad about skipping runs. I’d rather be sick this week and get it over with so I am ready to go next Friday. As long as I get my 10 miles in tomorrow I will be happy. I need one last medium distance run to remind myself that I can actually still move my legs.
So that’s where I’m at!! This post is kind of all over the place. I guess I’m just trying to say that this is going to be a pretty new and scary experience for me but I am excited to step outside my comfort zone and DO IT ANYWAY.
Hope you have an awesome Friday AND weekend!